NYC Crane Owner Not Guilty

A New York City crane owner was found not guilty on Thursday of manslaughter and other charges stemming from a deadly 2008 crane collapse that killed two workers. The accident, which occurred on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in June 2008, came just months after another deadly crane collapse in Manhattan, causing greater scrutiny for construction sites—renewed earlier this month when another worker was killed. Prosecutors alleged the crane fell because owner James Lomma had gotten a low-priced wielding repair job, while Lomma and his attorneys had alleged crane’s operator, Donald Leo, 30, was responsible for the accident that killed him.