Big Island man remains in critical condition after Maui tree fall

Big Island man remains in critical condition after Maui tree fall
David Biesemeyer, 56
David Biesemeyer, 56

HANA, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Big Island man who was nearly killed by a falling tree on Maui two weeks ago remains hospitalized in critical condition.

David Biesemeyer, 56, was visiting for the day for the annual taro festival when an 80-foot tall Ironwood tree collapsed on him.

A family member tells us it's a miracle he's even alive.  But more than two weeks later, he still can't breathe on his own.

The family member says Biesemeyer had to be revived in the hospital and at first, they weren't sure if he was going to make it.

Biesemeyer lost one half of his blood supply and nearly bled to death.

The first vertebra of his neck is shattered.  He is also suffering from six broken ribs; three on each side, a punctured lung, crushed pelvis, broken collarbone and a compound fracture to his foot that resulted in almost a complete sever from his leg and required re-attachment.

A source who lives in the area and is an eye witness to the incident says the tree was located on the southwest corner of Mill Place and Hana Highway across from Hasegawa General Store.

The source says the tree fell on other people but their injuries were non-life threatening.

We're still working to learn more about the owners of the property and if this incident could have been prevented.

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