Man in new YORK affected by the fallen piece of the fire escape and dies

NEW YORK – A man hit by a piece of the fire escape that had fallen from a New York City building has died.

Police say the 58-year-old Richard Marchhart died on Saturday from a skull fracture he suffered when he was hit by the debris of Friday.

The police says the Garden City man was walking on Broadway in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood when a piece of the building’s metal fire escape, hit him.

A 24-year-old woman who also was hit by the debris, was admitted to the hospital in stable condition.

Officials say a worker was checking on the fire escape seven stories on a ladder when a piece of it broke off and fell.

The police and city Buildings Department are investigating.

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