Mother Seriously Injured by Falling Tree

The community is rallying to help a Purcellville family following a Saturday afternoon crash caused by a tree falling on top of their car.

The crash happened around 1:40 p.m. Feb. 20 on Rt. 15 near Lovettsville Road. Grace Costello and her 4-year-old daughter were on a trip for ice cream when the tree fell on top of the car, which then went over an embankment. A tree branch crashed through the windshield and pierced Costello. After rescue crews extracted her from the car, she was flown to a trauma center for treatment, which has included several surgeries and blood transfusions.

A family friend has established a GoFundMe page to help cover expenses during her long recovery. As of Friday, more than $30,000 has been by 500 contributions.

3 thoughts on “Mother Seriously Injured by Falling Tree

  • 2022-02-25 at 2:34 pm
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    What a dreadful accident. My prayers go out to Grace Costello for a full & speedy recovery. (P.S. — I hope as many people as possible will contribute to the GoFundMe page.)

  • 2022-02-25 at 3:09 pm
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    Best wishes for a full recovery.
    Dead, damaged and leaning trees are a massive problem in western Loudoun. I wish property owners would do the right thing and remove these dangers.

  • 2022-02-25 at 5:26 pm
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    Guessing this was likely an Ash tree? As most of us know, our lofty Ash trees have been wiped out by an invasive species from Asia — Emerald Ash Borer. It’s the largest impact on American forests I’ve seen in my lifetime. It’s a disaster which has never received the attention it deserves.
    At this point, the trees have been dead for at least three years as the borer devastated Loudoun’s woodlands. They’re brittle and are crashing down consistently. They are a serious hazard to people, livestock, or structures near by.

    The BoS had 80 million of our tax dollars burning a hole in their pockets just a few months ago. One item, that may or may not have prevented this, or the death of a young P-Ville girl last year also killed by a tree falling on a vehicle, should have been to remove all dead ash trees from public areas and roadways. At least make a head start.

    This is a basic public safety issue that everyone can see themselves. And, it can be corrected rather cheaply. VDOT won’t do it. A few million buys a lot of dead trees brought safely along our roads. Even if it wasn’t an Ash in this case, the issue needs to be addressed from a public safety stand point.

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