Tribeca crane collapse victim’s widow suing city for $600M

Financial analyst David Wichs died in the February accident

60 Hudson Street (credit: FDNY) and Rebecca and David Wichs (credit: Facebook)
60 Hudson Street (credit: FDNY) and Rebecca and David Wichs (credit: Facebook)

The wife of the man crushed by a fallen crane in February is suing the city.

Rebecca Wichs filed a notice of claims with the city’s Comptroller’s office asking for a total of $600 million in compensation for the death of her husband, David Wichs, an analyst at Tower Research Capital, the New York Post reported.

Wichs was killed when a 15-story crane fell onto the street outside the Stahl Organization, Williams Real Estate and Meyer Equities’ 60 Hudson Street in Tribeca on Feb. 5. It was the city’s first fatal crane collapse since 2008.

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Wichs is asking for $550 million to compensate for the loss of her 38-year-old Harvard-graduate husband’s future earnings, along with $25 million for his “conscious pain and suffering” during the accident and another $25 million for her loss of love and companionship.

Following the collapse, the city instituted a set of new crane operation rules, the most important of which was a ban on all activity when winds exceed 30 miles per hour. [NYP] – Ariel Stulberg