NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A woman was killed by a piece of flying plywood in Greenwich Village on Tuesday evening.
The incident took place at around 6 p.m. at West 12th Street near Seventh Avenue.
Sources told CBS2 the 37-year-old woman was talking on her cellphone when a 4-foot-by-8-foot piece of plywood at a nearby construction site came loose due to high winds.
The woman was struck on the right side of her body, CBS2’s Valerie Castro reported. The impact knocked her into the wall at 175 W. 12th St.
She was rushed to Bellevue Hospital but did not survive.
The construction site where police believe the plywood came from is the condominium conversion of the former St. Vincent Hospital, Castro reported.
A part-time construction worker at the site told Castro winds at the site have been very strong during the past few days.
“It’s just like one of those divine intervention kind of things. If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen,” Jason Foley said. “You know, it’s sad. It really is sad. You’re just walking down the street, and you never know what’s going to happen. You just really never know. Whether it’s a car crossing the street or some freak accident like this.”
The Department of Buildings is investigating the incident, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.
A complaint was filed last August when a piece of debris fell from the same construction site and hit someone in the head, Castro reported.
One neighbor told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond she would now avoid the site.
“Now, I’m not walking down 12th Street,” the woman said. “I’m going around.”
“We are deeply saddened by the death of a pedestrian who was walking near the construction site on West 12th Street,” Turner Construction said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this very difficult time. Safety on and around our jobsites is always our number one priority. We are conducting an investigation into the circumstances of the incident. We are also fully cooperating with investigations by the Department of Buildings and other agencies looking into this incident.”