The story is from NEW YORK. A woman died after a falling piece of plywood hit her in the head in Queens.
The Life Taking Incident:
It wasn’t the only incident of falling debris on Thursday. Though it was the only deadly one out of all. The incident happened at 10:40 a.m. near Main Street and 41st Road in Flushing.
The victim was 67-year-old. Her name was Xiang Ji. She was walking on the sidewalk when she was struck. She was rushed to the New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Queens, where she left her breath.
The Help From The Community:
The sound of falling plywood was loud. The firefighters cleared the site of the remaining hazards as soon as possible. The victim’s family tells CBS2’s Christina Fan she was a grandmother. She cared deeply about her family and cames in Queens to visit a nursing centre. Witnesses say she was walking on the sidewalk when an aluminium-covered plywood panel fell off. The board fell off likely because of the heavy winds running over there.
Those who ran to her help says the back of her head was bleeding badly.
Police Investigators with the Department of Buildings were on the roof for hours inspecting the structure. One mother told Fan she’d noticed other signs and facades in the area dangling precariously as well before too.
The property has a history of more than 40 complaints. The complaint was lodged on the Department of Building’s website. It includes illegal partitions, secret renovations, and most recently, an illicit sign billboard that fell off. The DOB has issued a stop-work order on the site. A manager of the property who was at the scene Thursday afternoon refused to answer any questions of the community.
On Thursday night, crews worked to put up that sidewalk in proper condition to shed and protect pedestrians from any further problems