A Bay space man who was chopping tree branches with a chainsaw close to an influence line is the primary recognized Hurricane Irma associated demise in Hillsborough County.
- Wilfredo Hernandez, fifty five, trimming a tree when accident occurred
- Hernandez died on the scene
- Accident recorded by neighbor on her cellular phone
“He was serving to,” stated neighbor Yadria Rosa. “He don’t even reside right here.”
Rosa stated she was watching Wilfredo Hernandez, fifty five, trim a tree in her neighbor’s yard shortly after Hurricane Irma hit the world and had a sense one thing dangerous was going to occur. The City N Nation lady stated she witnessed the horrible tragedy and caught a lot of the incident on cellphone video.
“I advised my husband, ‘Ought to I maintain recording this as a result of I don’t like the best way he’s dealing with that?’” stated Rosa. “The chainsaw acquired sort of caught up and simply flipped and minimize his throat — we witnessed all the things and he simply died.”
In line with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Workplace, whereas Hernandez was slicing branches certainly one of them turned entangled with the chainsaw, which brought on it to kick up and reduce his carotid artery. He was pronounced lifeless on the scene. It occurred at 5115 City N Nation Blvd. on Monday at 5:forty one p.m.
Neighbor Lucy Rodriguez additionally witnessed the horrific incident.
“We’re feeling very unhappy as a result of he was speaking with us,” stated Lucy Rodriguez. “In the identical time as he was speaking he reduce his neck, you understand, the vein. All of the blood (got here) out and he did like attempt to cease the blood and he died within the second.”
Rosa stated she heard Hernandez’s final dialog earlier than he died.
“We truly heard his final phrases, as a result of the chainsaw went off and he was like, ‘hey vieja, what occurred? You run out of fuel?’” she stated. “Turned it on once more and two minutes after that’s when all the things occurred.”
Neighbors stated it took a number of hours for first responders to get Hernandez’s physique down from the tree. Hillsborough County Hearth Rescue used a harness to decrease him.
Hernandez’s nephew advised us that his household is upset and making an attempt to deal with the demise.
“He was an excellent individual,” stated Rodriguez. “A pleasant individual.”
“I’m sorry for the household and I want I might get into contact and see if I might go to the funeral,” Rosa stated. “At the least I’ve slightly video of when he was alive.”