A woman killed when a tree fell onto northbound Interstate 680 on Monday in Danville has been identified as Lyudmila Beyzer, a doctor of 15 years at John Muir Health.
Beyzer, 58, was driving a silver Mercedes-Benz sedan northbound on the freeway north of the El Pintado Road on-ramp around 8:55 a.m. when a 50- to 60-foot tree fell either on top of or directly in front of her car, California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Brandon Correia said.
Beyzer was pronounced dead at the scene. John Muir Health officials released a statement Monday expressing their grief at her passing.
"We are deeply saddened to hear about the sudden and tragic passing of Dr. Lyudmila Beyzer. She was a member of the John Muir Health Physician Network for 15 years and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with her family, friends, patients, colleagues and staff at this very difficult time," officials wrote.
The tree blocked all but the far left lane on the highway. All lanes reopened by about 12:30 p.m. after crews removed the tree and vehicle from the roadway, according to the CHP.
Investigators do not yet know why the tree fell, Correia said.