Eden Prairie woman killed by tree remembered

9:30 PM, Jul 7, 2013   |    comments
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Nina Mackay

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Nina Mackay walked the Lake Mitchell path in Eden Prairie with her two dogs more times than any of the neighbors can count.

"Rarely a day would go by, no matter the weather when she was not out, running or walking those dogs," said Jack Sheehan.

Sheehan was one of the first to the scene after the tree fell on Mackay Friday night. 

He said he heard a crack, he arrived a moment later but he was helpless.

"I would have worked my heart out to help her, but I'm not superman, and that tree weighed thousands of pounds," said Sheehan.

A day later, the tree that fell look much less ominous.  The trunk was all that was left and it appeared rotted out.  The city of Eden Prairie is investigating the incident.

Nina's husband Ian said she was a terrific wife, a great homemaker and a loving mother to a son and daughter.
He said next to her family, Nina's passions were her dogs and fitness.  A daily hour long run and hour walk with the dogs was the norm.

But stuck in the minds of many, is just how it could happen.

"The randomness of it, the sheer split second randomness. I mean the tree was just under three feet wide and she was exactly underneath it when it came down, her friend had a small cut on her nose and wasn't hurt," explained Sheehan.

She may not have been physically hurt, but feels the loss today like so many others.

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