Funeral set for victim of falling tree

Diana Olidinchuk killed at Meadowdale Beach Park
By Nicholas Johnson | Mar 15, 2017
Diana Olidinchuk

When the large Douglas fir snapped and fell on 17-year-old Diana V. Olidinchuk, her hiking friends tried unsuccessfully to lift it off her. But it was just too heavy.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said the tree killed Olidinchuk instantly Friday afternoon, March 10, at Meadowdale Beach Park in unincorporated Snohomish County just south of Mukilteo.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office completed its examination March 13, finding the incident was an accident and that Olidinchuk died of blunt force injuries to the head.

Olidinchuk, a twin, was enrolled at Marysville Mountain View High School.

Previously, she attended Horizon Elementary School and Olympic View Middle School in the Mukilteo School District. During the 2015-16 school year, she attended the Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center in Everett.

A GoFundMe page has been created at gofundme.com/dianaolidinchuk.

"I am saddened to say that this afternoon we learned that our darling cousin Diana passed away at the age of 17 due to a tragic accident," the page reads.

"She was at a local park with friends when a [three] large evergreen trees fell and one ended up hitting and crushing her. There was no warning or notice to even react.

“We the relatives and the family is still in shock and not even sure what to do next. No one ever thought that she would go so young and we are all trying to rely on each other for help and support.”

"I am starting this fund raiser for the family to help pay for the funeral costs that came unexpectedly and to also help the family support and cope with the loss of one of their twin daughters."

According to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, it was just after 3 p.m. when a Douglas fir tree, about 2 feet wide, fell and struck the girl while she was hiking with three friends at the park.

Olidinchuk lived with her parents in South Everett.

A service was set to be held March 15 at Sulamita Slavic Church in Mukilteo, with funeral services set for March 16.

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