Simsbury Man Injured in Logging Accident

A 73-year-old man was injured after a tree being removed by contractors fell on top of him.

Story updated at 1:38 p.m.

A 73-year-old Simsbury died as a result of serious injuries he received when a tree that was being removed fell on top of him.

At approximately 11:32 a.m. Simsbury police and volunteer firefighters responded to a report of a logging accident that injured a resident of a home at 14 Crane Place in Simsbury.

Craig Roselli, 73, was taken by ambulance from the scene of the accident to the Connecticut Light and Power campus on Hopmeadow Street. From there he was transported by Lifestar to St. Francis Hospital in Hartford where he later passed away.

Simsbury Police Lieutenant Fred Sifodaskalakis said Roselli was walking back to his sister's home, where he is living, when a tree that was being removed by contractors fell on top of him. Sifodaskalakis said Roselli sustained life threatening injuries to his head and leg.

"He was talking when he left here," Sifodaskalakis said.

Workers for Maximum Tree Service were performing a scheduled tree removal on the property when Roselli was passing the work area on the driveway of his sister's home where he lives. Sifodaskalakis said Roselli was aware that the work was being done.

Simsbury Police Detective Scott Sagan is conducting an investigation into how the tree fell while Roselli was passing on the driveway below.

Chris Brant, 17, and Chris Heintz, 17, who live nearby the home, said Roselli is hearing impaired and may not have heard warnings that the tree was coming down.

Police would not confirm details of how the incident occurred but said they will continue to investigate.

John Smith July 06, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Maximun Tree Company appears to be a fine company, but in this case to let a person walk down pass a worker without knowing what was going on, is a saftey violation. It is sad that it has happened, but to should not have.
Neighbor July 07, 2012 at 12:40 PM
I have to agree with Mr. Smith. where were the safety issues that Mr. Arnold talked about there? Cautious and methodical when they let someone a 73 yr. old or a 10 yr old walk in a work area. I hope OSHA gets involved here a person is deceased... Unreal and sad for the family. I hope the police department really checks this issue out.
Ted July 07, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Ted What a terrible tragedy but i am sorry a huge negligent by the Maximun tree company..
Linette Arnold July 07, 2012 at 02:20 PM
We took responsibility for our own safety and stayed well clear of the work zone. I wish poor Mr. Roselli had done the same. He knew they were working on the property and even if he was hard of hearing, you couldn't miss the large trucks and equipment. It is such a shame for everyone.
Linda-gai Case July 12, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I agree with Linette's statement: "we took responsibility for our own safety and stayed well clear of the work zone." That being said, there should also be safety precautions by any company doing the type of work being done by Maximum Tree Service. We have lived in North Granby for 30 years. Our house is quite a distance from the road and, over the years, we have had many trees taken down. All by Maximum Tree Service. They are aware that we have no children or pets, but have always made sure that if someone was home we were made aware of the work being done. There were also precauions taken should any type of vehicle have the poential of entering our driveway. When watching work being done, one could see that the process of tree removal by Maximum Tree Service was a well oiled machine. From setting up to the end of the job, safety was clearly their top priority. In any job involving machinery, there is a potential for accidents. It is how the company handles the situations that lend to their credibiity. I believe that Maximum Tree Service followed safety issues in a professional manner. Mr. Roselli's death was tragic loss for his family and friends. I would hope that all factors are taken into consideration when this incident is investigated. Linda-gail Case


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