Woman dies after being hit by falling sign in Flushing
by Sara Krevoy
Jan 16, 2020 | 3320 views | 0 0 comments | 177 177 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A 67-year-old woman lost her life after she was struck by falling debris in Flushing Thursday morning.

The woman, who was identified as Xiang Ji of Westbury, was on Main Street at 10 a.m. when a rotting plywood sign flew from a building and hit her.

The debris came from 41-28 Main Street, commonly know as Golden Mall, and fell on the 41st Road side.

She was take to NewYork-Presbyterian Queens and rushed into surgery, but died from her injuries.

“Such a horrific tragedy should never happen to anyone who is simply walking down the sidewalk, and it is a clear example of why building owners and city agencies need to ensure building facades are safe, especially during periods of high winds,” said Councilman Peter Koo.

According to Koo, there is currently a stop-work oder on the property due to several outstanding violations.

“I have called for the city to shut down the building until there is a greater understanding of this building’s safety and scaffolding is in place,” Koo said.

According to Department of Buildings (DOB) records, in August the property owner was issued a violation for doing electrical and plumbing work without the proper permits.

DOB urged property owners, crane operators and contractors to take precautionary measures, as winds are expected to gust up to 50 miles per hour Thursday afternoon.
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