El Cajon man was on FaceTime when he was killed in tree-trimming accident


A man from the San Diego County city of El Cajon was on FaceTime when he was involved in a fatal tree-trimming accident last week, the county medical examiner’s office said.

On the morning of July 5, 59-year-old Gary Zing told relatives he was going to cut down a tree in his backyard, the medical examiner’s office said in a release.

He had a family member on a video call when he ventured into his backyard later that morning.


A pilot was taken to a hospital after a small plane crashed into the roof of a hangar at Long Beach Airport. About 45 gallons of fuel leaked from the plane.

July 10, 2023

“The decedent was observed by a family member on FaceTime cutting branches on the tree,” the office said.

The relative saw the man “go down the hill from the tree” and a piece of the tree fell on top of him.

The man was pronounced dead by emergency medical personnel.