Mother of 2 killed, husband paralyzed after falling branch hits couple during evening hike

Family and friends are mourning the loss of a woman with a “joyful personality” after a tragic accident took her life and seriously injured her husband.

The couple, Kara Leo and Jared Quinteros, were hiking along the Morton Ravine Trail in Boyce Mayview Park in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania Thursday evening when a tree branch fell and struck the both of them.

GoFundMe/Kara’s Boys

They were transported to the hospital where Kara died from her injuries several hours later.

According to a GoFundMe, which has since raised over $200,000 for the family, Jared was left paralyzed.

“Kara’s boys are going to need a lot of love, care, and support without their wonderful mother there by their side anymore. And her husband who will be dealing with the loss of his wife but part of his body too.”

GoFundMe/Kara’s Boys

Kara, who owned her own bakery, was loved by many not just for her exceptional baked goods but also for her incredible personality.

“Some people have a special ability to project happiness onto others and Kara was one of those people,” Randy Baumann, a local radio show host who frequented Kara’s store, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Now those who were privileged enough to know her must find ways to keep her memory alive.

My heart breaks for this family. What should have been an enjoyable hike turned into a nightmare.

My hope is that they are able to find comfort within each other.

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