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Storm May Have Caused Massive Tree to Fall on Car, Killing Novato Man at UC Berkeley Campus

A weekend storm might be to blame for the death of a man in the East Bay.

Authorities say a 32-year-old man from Novato died after a massive tree came crashing down on a car at the UC Berkeley campus Sunday afternoon.

The owner of the tree service company in charge of cleaning out the tree tells NBC Bay Area the eucalyptus tree was tall, heavy and most surprisingly, it was healthy.

A combination of rain and wind was enough to push over the tree and tragically kill someone, the owner of the tree service company said.

The incident was reported shortly before 4 p.m. Emergency crews responded to a call that a huge eucalyptus tree had tumbled and smashed a car by the Greek Theatre on Gayley Road.

The Coroner's Office says the driver of the car was Alexander Grant. According to a university spokesperson, Grant was not a student, but was likely visiting someone on campus.

The Berkeley Fire Department said there were reports of other fallen trees in the city over the weekend, including a palm tree that fell onto electrical wires and caught on fire.

Another tree fell on northbound lanes of SR-13 near Park Boulevard and caused 3 separate accidents early Tuesday morning, according to California Highway Patrol Oakland.

No injuries were reported but vehicles' windows were badly damaged.

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