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13-134 Palm Harbor Man Killed After Tree Falls On Him

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
Support Services Bureau
-Crime Scene Investigation Unit

Dan Paul Butts (Deceased)
DOB: 05/13/1950
Address: 2950 Leprechaun Lane, Palm Harbor

Beverly Drew (Butts’ Girlfriend)
DOB: 08/16/1962
Address: 2950 Leprechaun Lane, Palm Harbor

What:
Deputies responded to a deceased person call, after a tree reportedly fell on the man and one of the branches impaled him.  Deputies say the death appears to be accidental in nature.

When:
Deputies responded to the scene at about 3:15 p.m. on June 17, 2013.

Where:
Deputies responded to a private residence located at 2950 Leprechaun Lane in Palm Harbor.

Why/How:
According to responding deputies, 63-year-old Dan Paul Butts and his girlfriend 50-year-old Beverly Drew were in the process of clearing trees from their backyard. Deputies say Butts had cut a tree with a chainsaw. Drew got into their Ford SUV and began pulling the tree with the vehicle after tying a rope to it. Drew suddenly heard a scream and saw the tree had fallen on Butts and that a branch had impaled him.

Drew called 911 and attempted CPR.

EMS responded and Butts was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene to take custody of the body.

Deputies say the death appears to be accidental in nature.

The investigation continues.

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