The Charlotte Observer reported this week that the City will pay a settlement fee to the family of Kay Plyler because the root system of the tree that crashed into her SUV and killed her was known to be decayed. No warning had been issued to the public . Ms. Plyler was the assistant town clerk for Matthews, NC and the lawsuit defines the City as negligent. Read the complete article here. Recently in Greensboro, a young mother was killed when a tree toppled and crushed her as she was driving home in her SUV. It has been reported that heavy rain contributed to the tree falling. Read more about this tragic accident here. All this brings to mind that sometimes unimaginable circumstances can happen when you're on the road and weather can be a contributing factor. Be careful out there. It's also important as homeowners to keep up with maintenance on your property.