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Fatal Tree Trimming Incident | Justin W. Howard, 43 of Franklinville, NY

On May 18, 2024, at 10:28 A.M., Troopers out of SP Machias responded to Elm Street in the village of Franklinville for an incident involving a boom lift that tipped over with injuries. Investigation determined that Justin W. Howard, 43 of Franklinville, NY was in a boom lift that tipped over.

Howard was conscious and alert while Troopers were on the scene.

Howard was transported to Erie County Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. No signs of foul play are suspected.


Our team is sad to hear this loss and our prayers go out to his family. This is dangerous work, we have much respect for anyone who chooses this difficult profession.

Fatal Tree Trimming Incident | Justin W. Howard, 43 of Franklinville, NY

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