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Mother of three injured by Central Park tree files $200 million lawsuit

CENTRAL PARK WEST — A mother may never walk again after a tree fell on her in a freak accident while she was walking with her children along West Drive in Central Park last month.

As a result, the family has taken legal action against the City of New York, Central Park Conservancy, and others, according to a press conference on Wednesday.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Anne Monoky Goldman, her three children who are 3 years old, 2 years old, and 2 months old, and her husband. The family is seeking $200 million in damages.

Anne Monoky Goldman was walking near West 62nd Street with her three young children when a 75-foot Elm tree came crashing down on top of them in August.

Her family was pinned to the ground, including Goldman’s 2-month-old who was strapped to her.

People nearby rushed to the accident, pulling tree limbs off their bodies.

Monoky Goldman’s attorney said the mother of three suffered a concussion, multiple spine and neck fractures, and is completely immobilized, preventing her from holding or feeding her 2-month-old son.

Monoky Goldman’s children suffered varying injuries; her 2-year-old son also suffered head trauma and bleeding.

Her attorneys believed the tree was decayed and diseased, posing a hazard to the millions who visit Central Park.

Central Park officials said the safety of visitors is always their top priority.