Indian American Woman Killed While Hiking With Teen Son and his Boy Scouts Troop in California
- Vidyut Nautiyal, 44, of San Jose, was on what’s commonly referred to as the “PG&E Trail” when a tree unexpectedly fell on her.
An Indian American woman was killed by a falling tree while hiking with her son and his Boy Scouts troop in the Rancho San Antonio Park in Cupertino, California. Vidyut Nautiyal, 44, of San Jose, was hiking on March 5 on what’s commonly referred to as the “PG&E Trail” with her 17-year-old son and his Boy Scout troop when a tree unexpectedly fell, as reported by KTVU.
Surya, a witness, told KTVU that the tree fell without warning. He said the mother hesitated to make sure her son was safe. “We were trying to see if we could lift the log that was on her body,” he told the Fox News affiliate. “And see if we could lift it up a little bit, to see if she could breathe,” he added. “We lifted it a little bit enough so that there was a clearance. And then we put a rock underneath so that it wasn’t touching the body. That was the best we could do.”
Nautiyal was pronounced dead on the trail, KTVU reported, and added that her son “refused to leave his mother’s side and instead stayed as rescuers arrived.” First responders had to use ATVs to reach Nautiyal, “because the trail was muddy and hard to access.” Park rangers are investigating what caused the tree to come down.
A LinkedIn post shows Nautiyal worked as a health, wellness and fitness professional. She graduated from San Jose State University in 2009 with a master’s degree in nutritional science. Dr. Ashwini Wagle, who was Nautiyal’s advisor, in an email, told KTVU that she was “shaken” by her ‘untimely passing.”
In an emailed statement to KTVU, the Silicon Valley-Monterey Bay Council of the Boy Scouts of America said they are “saddened to confirm one adult accidental fatality involving a tree. The deceased is the parent of a Scout, and they were participating in a planned hike at the Rancho San Antonio Park… All Scouts are safe and there were no additional injuries.”