Paso Robles biologist dies in accident
December 5, 2011
A large oak branch fell on a 35-year-old Paso Robles biologist last week, killing him as he drove his work vehicle in Big Sur. [TheCalifornian]
Michael Tyner was caring for condors at the time of his death, part of his work as field supervisor of the Ventana Wildlife Society’s condor program.
According to witnesses who came upon the 3:30 p.m. accident moments after it occurred on Wednesday, Tyner had just reported on the condition of a bird on which he had been checking.
Tyner was hit in the head by the branch and died of blunt force trauma, according to the Monterey County coroner.
The Cal Poly graduate had been working for the Society for nine years.