NEW YORK (CBS 2) — An air conditioner plunged from a building and slammed onto a man who was just walking below in Manhattan Tuesday morning.

Tony Franzese, 67, was walking his dog around 8:30 a.m. as he did every morning. That’s when an air conditioner fell out of a 6th floor window at 2nd Avenue and 3rd Street and landed on an awning — apparently bouncing off and hitting Franzese in the head.

Franzese suffered a severe head laceration and was taken to Bellevue Hospital.

Carmen Barreto lived in the building for 38 years and told CBS 2’s Mark Morgan her son helped clean blood off the victim.

“He was very upset and nervous. He said ‘Ma, the air conditioner fall down onto the head’ and I said ‘My God he must be dead’,” she explained.

“He sits here with the dog. He has a little glass of wine. He’s friends with the owner of the place here, and he’s a very nice man,” said resident Rachel Costa.

“I heard the crash, like the boom bam bam…I looked over and see the air conditioner rolling and the guy like stumbling trying to get up..and he went to try and get his dog..he was more concerned about the dog than anything,” witness Rashaan Betts said.

One tenant told Morgan that the resident in question told her, in his words, “the window just flew open.”

CBS 2 also learned that inspectors for the city’s Department of Buildings found that the air conditioner was not supported properly.

A violation was issued to the owner of the building — Zenon Chernyk — for failing to properly maintain the building.  Chernyck was told to make sure all air conditioning units were immediately secured with metal brackets or the units would be removed.

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  2. Jaap (Netherlands) says:

    Wow, I hope the man wasn’t injured too bad. But still airco’s has to be seciured in the right way, else more people will get injured. But who is the owner of the airco in this case? The appartment owner or the one who rents it?

  3. DanTe says:

    Arrest that fool tenant for attempted homicide by willfully creating a dangerous situation – mounting a heavy air conditioner without following the installation manual.

    Put enough of these fools away and the remaining fools will soon learn to be safer towards people.

  4. george says:

    this is new york

  5. fpm says:

    I used to be a homeless rodeo clown but now I am a world class magician !

  6. swampthing says:

    “A violation was issued to the owner of the building — Zenon Chernyk — for failing to properly maintain the building. Also Chernyck has been told to make sure all airconditioning units were immediatley secured with metal brackets or that the units would be removed.”

    That is the most tragic — WRITING — that I’ve ever been appalled by. CBS can’t pay a reporter, they have to leave content in the hands of illiterate interns?

  7. Ed says:

    Spell checking is hard. Let’s post the article without spell check even though I can’t spell or figure out the difference between a lowercase L and a capital i.

  8. Reggie says:

    The same thing happened in my building, but it fell down an airshaft so it didn’t kill anybody. The tenants had been told the air conditioner was a problem, but they’re constantly shuttling roommates in and out so nobody cares what happens. They treat the place like garbage.

  9. Hardhats4NYers says:

    If you walk around NY and look up, you should be more amazed by the fact that this doesn’t happen MORE often. And when you think about it, it’s really not anything that you can legislate to prevent from happening.

  10. Jimmy says:

    Does Kramer live there?

  11. Guest says:

    Sue the owner.

  12. valerie says:

    thank God he’s alive!

  13. Visitor says:

    Windows just don’t fly open. BS!!!

  14. BS Meter says:

    Unfortunately, stupidity isn’t against the law — but gross negligence certainly is, and that police investigation should best have been thorough and not limited to the residents dopey excuses.

  15. pochemunyet says:

    Oh, great. Another thing for my wife to worry needlessly about…

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  17. Louis Verrone says:

    I hate when that happens!

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