May 28, 2013
DEEP Releases Name of Salmon River State Forest Incident Victim
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police today released the name of the woman fatally injured Monday when she was apparently killed by a falling tree. Barbara Young from Pickerel Lake Road, Colchester, age 45 (DOB – 5/14/1968) was fatally injured along the Salmon River in the Salmon River State Forest, East Hampton. Ms. Young’s daughter, Jessica Surratt, age 18 (DOB 6/12/1994), also from Pickerel Lake Road, Colchester was also injured and taken to Hartford Hospital with a leg injury. Ms. Young’s son Kevin Surratt, also from Pickerel Lake Road, Colchester, age 22 (DOB – 5/23/1991) was not injured.
Background on Incident
On Monday, May 27, 2013 at approximately 1:30 PM, Ms. Young and her two children walked to the bank of the Salmon River. Within several minutes of their arrival, the incident occurred, killing Ms. Young and injuring her daughter. Ms. Young’s son was not injured. Several nearby fishermen assisted until Emergency Medical Services arrived. The fatally-injured woman was pronounced dead at the scene. DEEP EnCon Police are conducting the investigation with the assistance of Connecticut State Police and local police.