Nicki Lyn Carano, 48, was crushed when an uprooted tree eight feet in diameter fell across Ingraham Street near Fortuna Avenue in blustery conditions on Jan. 31, 2016, according to city fire officials and the county medical examiner’s office.
The tree, 100 years old and 50 feet tall, crushed three parked, unoccupied vehicles and Carano’s small sedan as she drove by.
Carano, who played in the all-female band Nectarine, died on her way to Ocean Beach to perform with her band Spider Tree.
According to published reports, Carano’s parents, Anthony and Carole Ann Carano, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in 2016. The suit alleged that city officials had “actual and/or constructive knowledge” that there was a defect in the tree. It also claimed that the city had a duty to inspect trees near the roadway for flaws and contended the city failed in its duties to keep the area safe and to warn of any hidden danger.
San Diego County and the state of California were also named in the lawsuit.
City Council reportedly will be asked to approve the settlement at its Tuesday, May 22 meeting.
According to her Facebook page, Carano was from Tucson and attended Clairemont High School in San Diego. She taught dance, drums and musical theater for more than 15 years at numerous local campuses, including the Academy of Performing Arts San Diego, Mesa Community College, UCSD and Coronado School of the Arts.
A dance scholarship was established in her name at Mesa Community College.