CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) – The Horry County Coroner’s Office identified a man who fell while trying to remove a tree limb at a home in Conway.
Tony Casey, spokesperson for the Horry County Fire Department, said crews were called for a potential fall at 10:50 a.m. in the 5700 block of U.S. 378.
According to Casey, the person fell over 10 feet.
Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard said 48-year-old Marcial Diaz Capetillo was thrown from the ladder when a limb collapsed onto the ladder. He lived in Conway and was originally from Mexico. She said he was not affiliated with any tree removal service nor was he using proper harnessing.
The owner of the home, Jose, told WMBF News that he and Capetillo were looking at the tree limb that was hanging close to his home decided it should be cut down.
“You know how were waiting for the Hurricane, and there’s a tree here that’s really close to the house and he saw it and he said it was going to fall on the house. And I told him we tried to cut it before but we’ll do it later since I’m not well from my hip. I told him we’ll do it later," Jose said.
Jose then went back inside his home.
Jose said he heard the chainsaw going and assumed the victim was cutting down the tree on his own and then heard the tree fall and then saw the victim on the ground. He said he ran over to a neighbor’s house where a woman called 911.
Willard said Capetillo died immediately from tramautic injuries due to the fall.