Woman Killed by Flying Construction Debris

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construction accidents in the newsNY -- A 37 year old woman was walking down West 12th Street in NY talking on her cell phone when construction debris flew out of a construction site and hit her in the head, killing her.

A 4 ft x 8 ft piece of wood ripped off of a construction fence by a gust of wind.  It traveled 50 feet and and slammed into Tina Nguygen, a 37-year old NY Real Estate Agent.  She was hit so hard, the board slammed her body into a building and her head bumped into an FDNY standpipe.  She was pronounced dead shortly after the 6pm incident.

The winds were strong, and gusting at 40 miles per hour.  The wood ripped right off the fence of a construction site.

A witness and Quik Park employee said, "I was working normally yesterday when I heard screams coming from outside.  I looked and saw a man crouched down cradling a young woman in his arms.  He was screaming, 'Somebody help!  Somebody call 911!"

The Quik Park employee then ran inside to call 911.  "There was a crowd of people around the woman by the time I got off the phone.  It was really so sad.  It could have happened to anyone."

When paramedics arrived, they found Nguygen lying in front of a parking garage with severe head and body trauma.

Nguygen was engaged to be married to Alejandro Beitler.  He said, "She always saw the best in everyone.  This is the most devastating loss.  She was the woman of my dreams."

The city Department of Buildings has issued a stop-work order on the construction site.

Read more at nypost.com.