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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Gayle Falgoust Killed in Windstorm at Sonoma Safari Park

Posted By on Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 11:20 AM

click to enlarge An aerial view of Gayle Falgoust's crushed tent - KGO-TV
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  • An aerial view of Gayle Falgoust's crushed tent

The Sonoma County Coroner has told SF Weekly the identity of the woman killed yesterday night at Safari West Animal Preserve when a tree blew over onto her tent: 70-year-old Gayle Falgoust of Madison, Ala.

The tourist was sleeping alongside her 7-year-old granddaughter when heavy winds toppled an oak tree at around 9 p.m. Falgoust died on the scene; a crane was required to remove the felled tree. The child is unhurt -- at least physically.

Safari West houses exotic African creatures on land just outside Santa Rosa. It offers park-goers the chance to sleep overnight in canvas tents.

Per the park's website, "The sounds of Africa will echo in your dreams."

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

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