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Flying Plywood Hits, Kills Philly Native Walking in New York

The city Buildings Department issued a stop-work order at the Greenwich Village construction site Wednesday after Tina Nguyen's (WIHN's) death Tuesday night.

Fri March 20, 2015 - National Edition
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NEW YORK (AP) Authorities say a piece of plywood flew off a construction site and slammed into a Philadelphia native walking along a Manhattan street, hurling her into a wall and killing her.

The city Buildings Department issued a stop-work order at the Greenwich Village construction site Wednesday after Tina Nguyen’s (WIHN’s) death Tuesday night.

Police said the 37-year-old real estate broker suffered her fatal injury around 6 p.m. She was across the street when wind set loose a 4-foot-by-8-foot piece of a construction fence from a condominium development being built on the site of the former St. Vincent’s Hospital.

General contractor Turner Construction Co. says it’s working with authorities and doing its own investigation.

Keller Williams NYC CEO Eric Barron tells WABC-TV that Nguyen was just starting her real estate career.