Woman checking on family killed by falling tree

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. - Deputies said a woman was killed when a tree fell on a car in Forsyth County on Monday.

According to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, the tree came down in a private driveway near Shadburn Road. The victim has been identified as Nancy Eason. 

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Family members said Eason was checking on others at the home when the tree came crashing down. Firefighters said she was in the passenger seat. Her husband, Mike Eason, was also in the car. He was the chief of police in Cumming for many years. 

"They were a very big help in the community and that's what they were doing. (They) were coming by to make sure everybody was OK with the storms going on," relative Stanley Shadburn said. 


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Forsyth County firefighters said the incident happened just after dark when the weather was bad. 

"This was during the height of some of the worst weather we were experiencing this afternoon. The winds had picked up and were gusting very, very strongly," Fire Chief Jason Shivers said. 

Family members said they are heartbroken and so are many others in the community who knew and loved Nancy Eason. 

"It's going to be a tough road for us, but ... with everyone's prayers, we'll get through it," Shadburn said. 

The Cumming Police Department's spokesperson said Nancy Eason was always helping in the community and was a familiar face around the station. 

The department said it is sending prayers to the family and its former chief. 

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