Beth and Chris Petescia come home to tree-branch on Subaru

Crosby, Stills, and Crash! Tree-branch-on-car collision sours folk night

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A pair of Park Slope folk-music fans got a rude surprise on Tuesday night when they returned from a concert in Manhattan to find a massive tree branch lying atop their car.

The Prospect Park West couple, both media professionals, arrived back at their home near Seventh Street from a Crosby, Stills, and Nash concert at around 11:45 pm to discover half of the top of the tree sitting on, and sticking through the windshield of, their Subaru station wagon.

“We just came home and there was a car on top of our tree,” said a stunned Beth Petescia.

Her husband Chris gently corrected her.

“Vice versa,” he said.

The tree limb apparently came down during the brief rainstorm that swept through Brooklyn around 10:40 pm. A neighbor said he heard Fire Department personnel using a chainsaw on the block around 10:45 or 11, but an FDNY spokesman said he could not locate a record of what transpired there.

Tree parts came down across the city, but no one was injured, the spokesman said.

The worst aspect of the incident was that it was avoidable, Chris Petescia said.

“The funny thing is there were two spots open, and had we taken the one further back, the car wouldn’t have gotten hit,” he said.

A Hyundai sedan also sat in the imprint of the fallen branch and, a block towards Bartel Pritchard Square, another tree limb lay across the bike path, posing a hazard to night riders.

Nathan Tempey is a Deputy Editor at the Community Newspaper Group. Reach him at or by calling (718) 260-4504. Follow him at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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ty from pps says:
I don't carry collision/comprehensive/theft insurance on my car because it's 16 years old and the additional premium would exceed the value of my car after about 1-1/2 years (and still have a deductible about 1/2 the value of my car), so this sort of thing make me nervous. If I hit something, that's my fault. Totally within the realm of cost-benefit. But a tree crushing my car would suck... I guess I could get $200 for scrap?
July 9, 2014, 7:53 am

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