RI County Authorities Release Identities Of Two Men Killed By Falling Tree Branch

Rock Island County authorities have released the identities of two men killed by a falling tree branch on the lawn of the Rock Island County Courthouse.  The deceased–61 year old Daniel Mendoza Sr. of Rock Island and 72 year old Lawrence Anderson of Moline were watching a fireworks display Tuesday night.  The large branch fell from an approximate 100 year old oak tree.  A 21 year old pregnant woman was also injured. She was transported to a nearby hospital where she gave birth. Both the woman and infant are reported in good health.  Five other people, including two children were also injured. All have since been treated and released from area hospitals.
The fallen tree branch circumference measured eight-feet-two-inches at its base.  It was approximately 45-feet long and it fell approximately 25-feet to the ground.