Sunday, February 07, 2016

Funeral Held For Jewish Victim Of NYC Crane Collapse

Mourners gathered at a synagogue on the Upper East Side on Sunday, to pay respects to the man who was killed when a crane came crashing down in TriBeCa on Friday February 5 2016. afternoon.

David Wichs, 38, was killed instantly as he walked along Worth Street. He was headed to his job, working as a financial trader on Wall Street,

The funeral for Wichs was held at the Congregation Kehilath Jerhurun on East 85th Street on Sunday morning.

“The pain right now is unbearable,” Rebecca Guttman, Wich’s widow said. “I want you to know that I will do my best to live for us both.” 

Wichs, a gifted mathematician, was walking to his job as a financial trader on Wall Street when he was struck by the crane.

The collapse happened as the crew was lowering the crane due to high winds. A veteran operator was inside the control cab when it flipped upside down. The crew was trying to lower the arm into the safety position – an upside-down V – right over West Broadway.

Experts plan to study the structure, as well as the crane’s central computer, with hopes of figuring out what went wrong. Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to announce safety improvements to crane operations, in the wake of the crash.

WABC TV Reports

Caught on camera: Watch as the crane collapses in Lower Manhattan

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