Man recovering after being pinned down by a tree in Scotia during a storm

July 30, 2019 05:19 AM

VILLAGE OF SCOTIA – A man from Glenville is recovering at Albany Medical Center after he was pinned down by a tree that fell during a storm Sunday night.

Michael Naumowicz was at a picnic at a friend’s house on Elliott Street in the Village of Scotia Sunday afternoon when it happened.  


“They went outside to go get a pop up car port taken down because they had just got it and wanted to make sure it didn't break,” explained Michael’s sister Abbey Naumowicz. “While they were out there some trees and branches started falling down and one just happened to fall on Michael.”

Abbey said the tree knocked her brother unconscious and he was taken to Ellis Hospital and then Albany Medical Center. She said at first she thought her brother was hurt from cleaning up the storm because he cuts down trees for a living.

“He could climb to the top of a tree no problem and he has ever since he was a child, but it's just ironic and very shocking it happened not on work hours for him,” explained Abbey.

Abbey said Michael is currently at Albany Med and has a skull fracture as well as a few facial fractures. However she said her brother is doing much better and slowly getting back to his normal self.

“He’s letting us know things he wants us to bring things from home, he's dressed in regular clothes you know he's sassy and sarcastic and rolling his eyes at me just like any other brother would to his sister,” said Abbey.

But she said doctors are still monitoring a brain bleed, hoping it doesn’t get worst. Abbey said she is thankful for the EMTs who took care of her brother as well as the community for their support during this difficult time.

“Everybody there was so quick to act and take care of him so all of those people without them I really don’t know what would’ve happened,” said Abbey. “So many people have reached out, people who I barely know. Just the outpouring of support from the community and people we barely know has been so great.”


Emily De Vito

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