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A year after a Gig Harbor man was killed by a tree, his family files lawsuit

The family of a Gig Harbor man killed a year ago by a falling tree filed a wrongful death lawsuit Thursday against eight companies involved with logging the site where the tree fell.

Jennifer Lee Morgan, wife of Jamie Fay, 36, filed the suit in Pierce County Superior Court.

Fay died Aug. 29, 2015, when an unseasonable windstorm toppled a Douglas fir tree that fell onto his car as he drove along Borgen Boulevard in north Gig Harbor.

He was on his way home with his preschool-age daughter. She was not seriously injured; Fay died at the scene.

His family’s lawsuit names Emerald Communities, the Redmond-based developer building the Heron’s Key senior living community in north Gig Harbor.

The tree that killed Fay was one of a few left standing at the edge of a recent clearcut at the site of Heron’s Key.

Also named in the suit is timber company Pope Resources and its real estate arm Olympic Property Group. Pope and Olympic Property sold the land for the development to Emerald Communities but were hired to log the site. Olympic Property hired a contractor who hired a subcontractor to clear the land. Those companies and a landscape architect are also named in the lawsuit.

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