Couple killed after tree falls on vehicle



LEAVENWORTH, Wash. - A husband and wife were killed and four adults were injured Friday afternoon outside of Leavenworth after a tree fell on their vehicle while driving on State Route 2, according to the Washington State Patrol.


The couple was with their son, two daughters and son-in-law driving eastbound on SR-2 at Milepost 78 when their vehicle was struck by a falling tree.


The Bothell family was heading towards Chelan.


Tim and Cheryl Owen died at the scene and 27-year-old Jessica Owen, 22-year-old Jeremy Owen, 24-year old Jamie Owen-Mayer and her husband 24-year-old Steven Mayer were injured and taken to Central Washington Hospital.


KIRO 7 reporter Gary Horcher spoke with friends and family, and they said the family was an inspiration and the incident was a huge loss for the community.


“They’ll accept anyone for who they are, and they’ll love them no matter how well they know them,” said neighbor Nicole Schumacher. “It just felt like I could go over there for anything, and they’d be there for me.


Schumacher said that Tim and Cheryl Owen treated neighbors like their own family.


“They were so close. Nothing could stop them from loving each other,” said Schumacher.


Tim Owen was an insurance executive and Cheryl Owen was a manager at Amazon.


“They were great people. Their whole family is beautiful,” said neighbor Dale Schumacher.


Neighbors told KIRO 7 that many from the Bothell community traveled to Wenatchee Friday night to support the family members still in the hospital.