Family of Man Killed by Sandy Tree Sues NYC

NEW YORK (AP) -

Relatives of a man who was killed when a tree crashed on his house during Superstorm Sandy has filed a lawsuit against New York City, alleging the tragedy could have been avoided.

The family of Anthony Laino say that neighbors had warned the city that the tree was dangerous. The 30-year-old Laino was a graduate student at St. John’s University. He was lying on a couch in his Queens bedroom when the tree smashed through the roof.

The family’s lawyer says the tree had a weak root system. The city is reviewing the lawsuit.