Tree Branch Falls on Parked Car, a Surprise Gift for Otay Mesa Man's Son

A good soaking of rain and powerful winds across San Diego County has caused some downed trees.

A large tree branch from a 50-foot eucalyptus tree fell on top of a parked Dodge Charger near the corner of Arey Drive and Piccard Avenue in Otay Mesa overnight.

Jose Gutierrez said the sound woke him around 2:30 a.m.

“Like a bomb,” he said. “I feel like an earthquake or something, like something happened outside.”

This car – a surprise gift for Gutierrez’ son – was covered by a tarp when the tree fell. It’s not known yet how much damage was done.

Gutierrez said the gift from his son’s grandparents was already insured.

He said it’s also the second time a large branch has fallen from the same tree in just two years.

In Jamul, a 30-foot tree fell on Jefferson Road and Olive Vista Drive just before midnight. The size of the tree shut down traffic for nearly two hours.

California Highway Patrol officers called in crews to help clear the tree so they could reopen the road.

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