Man in Pacific Beach helps neighbors remove downed tree off their damaged cars

Tree branch falls during Friday nights storm
Posted at 12:02 PM, Feb 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-18 15:02:32-05

A downed tree knocks out power in Pacific Beach Friday night, crushing several cars along the way.

10News was there this morning as a good Samaritan showed up to help clear the damage.

Robert Shea is up and at 'em, bright and early.  At 7 a.m., he started removing a large tree branch off parked cars.

With a saw in hand, a machete and other tools, he decided to help out - just because.

"You know, it's not all about the money,' said Shea, "I'm trying to put goodwill back into my community."

Strong winds and rain caused a Eucalyptus tree branch to snap on Dawes Street, near Emerald Street.

The branch brought down a power line. The wires landed on the sidewalk, sparking a small fire, which was later contained.

Thousands were without power for a few hours as SDG&E worked to fix the damage.

Brenton Walton is the owner of a brand new Acura that was ruined by the tree. 

"The whole half of the tree decided to fall on top of this car," he said, pointing at his vehicle.

Walton said, he was inside his home yesterday when he heard a loud smashing noise.

He then walked outside to see what happened.

"Jetting through the back of that window and then smashing out the back of that," he said.

His car's window was shattered. Dents were visible all around the car.

"It rained all night so you can see the water damage," said Walton.

He said he is glad no one else's vehicle was hit as hard.

Now comes the unfortunate task of dealing with the aftermath.

"It's more of a headache if anything, you know? You got to deal with the long-term turnover of how damaged is the car? Is it totaled?" he said.

Meanwhile, Shea was there to relieve some of the stress by lending a hand.