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Fatal tree-cutting accident still under investigation

WINSTED — A tree-cutting accident near Highland Lake killed a Naugatuck resident on Saturday, Dec. 3.According to Winchester Police Chief Robert Scannell, 55-year-old Jose Batista was working on the ground while another person was cutting tree limbs at 168 Shore Dr. As Batista was working, a tree limb landed on his head. He eventually died from the injury. Scannell would not identify the other person involved in the accident. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched an investigation. According to the tax assesor’s online database, the property is owned by John and Janet Aresta. Batista was a native of Portugal and had been a toolmaker for Click Bond in Watertown for more than 30 years. He leaves a wife, Alice, of 33 years and son, Rui, of Nagatuck, as well as four brothers, three sisters and many extended relatives and friends. A service was scheduled for Friday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m., at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Waterbury.In lieu of flowers, contributions in Batista’s memory can be made to Our Lady of Fatima Church, 2071 Baldwin St., Waterbury, CT 06706.

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