Central Park tree falls on woman, trapping her, FDNY says

August 15-A woman walking with her three young children in Central Park on Tuesday morning was struck and pinned by a large tree.

Anne Monoky Goldman, 39, bravely threw herself over her infant and two toddlers when the giant elm toppled on top of them about 10am Tuesday. She was taken to the hospital in critical condition but has since been upgraded to stable condition, and is expected to survive.

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If not for Goldman's heroics, "they could have all been killed", a witness said of the three little boys. Four mounted police in the area heard the crack of the tree and watched it fall, and then saw people running toward the scene.

Mom-of-three Anne Monoky Goldman broke her neck in the horror, while her 2-year-old son, Grant, suffered a fractured skull, a relative said.

All four of the victims were taken to New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center.

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"She's still going through a lot of treatment, she's getting a CAT scan and MRIs", he told The Post by phone.

Good Samaritans rushed over and tried pulling them all out from under the branches until ambulances arrived.

Her son Grant cracked his skull, but his two brothers were released from the hospital by Tuesday afternoon. "But for the moment, she is struggling", he said.

The woman was hit in the head and was in and out of consciousness as the FDNY worked to remove the tree, spokesman Frank Dwyer said. Winds blew between 0 and 3 miles per hour from 9:51 a.m.to 10:51 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

"We've got a large tree down in Central Park".

  • Sonia Alvarado