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New York (AP) — In a deadly crane collapse in New York a pedestrian was killed and three people were injured on Friday. The crane's boom landed across several cars, smashing their roofs. Debris littered the street.
A spokesman for the owners of a New York building where a crane collapse killed a man says they're "saddened" by what happened. Spokesman Brian Maddox says the crane was being lowered Friday morning in Manhattan because of the wind. According to the New York City Police Department 38-year-old David Wichs walking on the sidewalk was killed when part of the crane toppled onto him. Police say David Wichs was walking on the sidewalk when part of the crane toppled onto him. A 73-year-old man who was sitting in his car when the crane collapsed was injured.
Officials say the crane came down as workers were lowering an extended boom amid 20 mph winds. Family of the man crushed to death when a crane collapsed on his car say he was a Harvard-educated immigrant who worked tirelessly to succeed in life. Lisa Guttman told The Associated Press on Friday her brother-in-law David Wichs as "the most brilliant person ever."
She says Wichs was born in Prague, immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager and took every opportunity he could, graduating with a degree in mathematics from Harvard University. Guttman says Wichs worked at the New York-based computerized financial trading firm Tower Research Capital. A company representative didn't immediately return a message seeking comment. Guttman called Wichs "the most special person ever."
Mayor Bill de Blasio said the crane that collapsed in Lower Manhattan was being lowered as a precaution because of wind when the accident occurred. De Blasio said wind speeds were around 20 mph when crews arrived Friday morning so a decision was made to secure the crane. He says the crew had been directing people away from the area as the crane was being moved. Mayor Bill de Blasio says there have been gas leaks as the result of the deadly crane collapse in Lower Manhattan.
De Blasio says gas has been shut off in buildings around the area of Friday morning's collapse. Fire Department and Con Edison crews have been sweeping the area every 15 minutes to make sure it's safe.