NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The city Department of Buildings issued a stop work order Wednesday, after a woman was struck and killed by a piece of flying plywood in Greenwich Village on Tuesday evening.
The incident took place at around 6 p.m. Tuesday at West 12th Street near Seventh Avenue.
As CBS2’s Valerie Castro reported, the 37-year-old woman – identified as Trang Thuy “Tina” Nguyen – was talking on her cellphone when a 4-foot-by-8-foot piece of green plywood from a section of fencing around a nearby construction site came loose due to blasting winds.
The piece of plywood hit Nguyen in the right side of her body, and she was thrown against the side of the building that stands at 175 W. 12th St.
Nguyen was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center, where she was pronounced dead.
Nguyen’s fiancé, Alex Beitler, released a statement late Wednesday.
“She always saw the best in everyone. She was always reminding me to see the same. We were together for five of the best years of our lives. We planned to be married in July of this year. The family and I have decided to bury her in Philadelphia,” the statement said. “This is the most devastating loss. She was the woman of my dreams. I hope people will remember her by seeing the best in one another and treating each other with true kindness.”