NYC Crane Victim Identified as David Wichs

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Emergency responders respond to the scene of the 565-foot-tall crane that toppled and flipped upside down stretching along nearly two city blocks in downtown Manhattan in New York, February 5, 2016. A massive construction crane collapsed in downtown Manhattan during a swirling snowstorm on Friday, killing one person and crushing a line of parked cars in the first accident of its kind in New York City since 2008.

The man killed Friday morning by a falling crane in New York’s TriBeCa has been identified as 38-year-old David Wichs. According to family members, Wichs was a Harvard-educated immigrant who came to the United States from Prague as a teenager. He graduated from the Ivy League school with a mathematics degree and went on to work in finance. He was working at the financial trading firm Tower Research Capital at the time of his death.