Showing posts with label tragedies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tragedies. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Witness to a tragedy in Tompkins Square Park

[Image via TSP3A]

On Monday afternoon, 39-year-old Aleim Perkins of Harlem was playing with his niece in Tompkins Square Park.

Some time around 4 p.m., witnesses said that he started pushing an empty tire swing, which struck him in the face and knocked him out. He was rushed to Beth Israel, where hospital officials said he was dead on arrival.

An EVG reader was in the playground off of East Ninth Street at Avenue with his child when the incident occurred. The reader shared this:

I can't being tell you how devastated I am at the tragic death of this man.

I noticed him horsing around with the kids.

My back was turned when the incident occurred and I wasn't aware that anything had happened until I heard the playground go eerily silent.

When I walked over to see what happened, he was lying still on the ground. Someone immediately called 911 and one of the parents who had emergency training assisted Mr. Perkins, who was unconscious and unresponsive. It's tough to judge in retrospect but it couldn't have been more than 5 minutes from the time of the incident until EMS was assisting him.

This is the first time I've seen him at the playground, but I did notice the fun he was having and the joy in his face just seconds before he was struck. He was just goofing around and a one-in-a-million accident took this poor man's life.

You can read more about the story at DNAinfo.


Updated 8:11 a.m.

The Post notes that Landscape Structures, which manufactures the Arch Tire Swing, has previously sold unsafe playground equipment, prompting recalls of swings and slides in recent years. A Parks Department spokesperson said that they are investigating the tragedy ... and wouldn't say if the Department planned on removing the swings.

Updated 9:34 a.m.

According to another resident: "[He] was shadow boxing with the tire and ducking as it swung back. He was pushing it very hard. It's very unfortunate that it happened however."

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Report: Tire swing kills man in Tompkins Square Park

[EVG file photo]

A 39-year-old Harlem resident died yesterday when a tire swing struck him in the face in Tompkins Square Park.

According to the Post, the man, identified as Aleim Perkins, took his niece to the playground off of East Ninth Street at Avenue A.

While the girl was playing, he began “aggressively swinging” an empty tire swing, which hit him in the face, knocking him unconscious and causing him to bleed from the mouth, a police source said.

EMTs took him to Beth Israel, where he was pronounced dead.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

[Updated] Report: Woman struck and killed by SUV this morning on 3rd Avenue and St. Mark's Place

An SUV struck and killed a woman this morning at 6:30 on Third Avenue near St. Mark's Place, according to published reports.

The Post named the victim as 47-year-old Lisa Julian, who was attempting to cross the Avenue from west to east.

The driver of the Ford Explorer works for a courier delivering newspapers and remained on the scene. He has not been charged in the accident collision.

Updated 3 p.m.

The Post has more details about Julian, describing her as a "punk rocker." The driver of the SUV also reportedly told police that she was walking against the light and that she didn't seem to be "paying attention."

Updated 4:45 p.m.

DNAinfo says that Julian lived on East Seventh Street and Avenue D.

Julian, who friends called Spike, was known around the neighborhood as "easy-going" with a punk rock flare.

"She used to wear spiky things and punk-rock stuff, spikes in her nose, spikes in her boots, spikes in her hair," her neighbor David Sosa said. "I would go to Tompkins Square Park and would see her around the music. She would roll on the floor and jump up and down."

Updated 7:01 p.m.

Here is a picture of Lisa/Spike with Biker Bill from Jan. 1, 2008, via Bob Arihood's Neither More Nor Less

Saturday, February 16, 2013

[Updated] Report: 19-year-old woman dies on East 12th Street after night of drinking

A 19-year-old college student was found dead this morning in the lobby of 125 E. 12th St., according to published reports.

The Post reports:

A doorman discovered Jocelyn Pascucci — a Stony Brook University student from East Meadow — unconscious in the lobby of the building at East 12th Street and Third Avenue just before 5 am.

She had been bar-hopping in the neighborhood and drinking heavily, which may have exacerbated her heart condition, law enforcement officials said.

Pascucco, a Marine Vertebrate Biology major, got separated from friends and walked a short distance to the apartment building, wearing only one shoe, police sources said.

A doorman reportedly let her into the building because she looked "cold and drunk."


The Daily News has more information.

Jocelyn and her friends spent the first part of the evening at a concert at Webster Hall, family members said. They hit a few bars afterward, but she soon got separated from her group.

Her last stop was a bar just down the block from where she collapsed, police sources said.

Richard Pascucci said he and his wife had just driven to Stony Brook to help their daughter with laundry.

"We made cookies for her and brought them to her for Valentine's Day," he said. "We always used to go fishing. I’m going to miss that."


Several media outlets have posted Jocelyn's photo from Stony Brook's website.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

[Updated] Subway shove victim worked in the East Village for 16 years

As you may have read, a woman shoved a man in front of an incoming 7 train at the 40th Street-Lowery Street station in Sunnyside last Thursday. Police identified the victim as Sunando Sen, a 46-year-old native of India who had lived in Queens for several decades.

Sen worked in the East Village for 16 years at NY Copy & Printing, 204 E. 11th Street, as EVG reader Tad pointed out in an email.

Per Newsday:

"People have been coming to remember him with us," said Bidyut Sarker, Sen's boss. "He was brilliant. He was kind. We all miss him."

Sen had recently opened his own copy shop on the Upper West Side. His funeral was Monday.

Police have arrested Erika Menendez, who was being held without bail on a murder charge. She reportedly told police she pushed Sen because she thought he was Muslim.

Updated Jan. 4
The Villager has a feature on Sen here.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

[Updated] Report: Skateboarder dies after collision with truck at Union Square

A 24-year-old skateboarder died today after he swerved into the path of a truck at Union Square, according to a report via the Daily News.

Per the report, he was riding with traffic along Broadway when "he suddenly turned in front of the moving delivery truck" at East 17th Street.

BoweryBoogie has more details here, including a rather graphic photo.

Updated 3:26 p.m.

Gothamist has more details here.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

[Updated] RIP Christine Ebel, co-owner of Arcane at 111 Avenue C

[Via the Arcane website]

Word began circulating yesterday that the body discovered yesterday morning in a lot at 227 E. Seventh St. was Christine Ebel, the co-owner of Arcane, which is adjacent to the property on Avenue C. Ebel ran the French-Caribbean eatery with her brother, Benjamin Alter.

We'll update the post today when more information becomes available. Several people told us that the death was accidental. Meanwhile, a memorial is growing outside the restaurant at 111 Avenue C, where this was the scene early this morning...

Updated 1:56 p.m.

DNAinfo's Serena Solomon reports that Ebel, 52, apparently died after falling from a balcony. She reportedly lived in an apartment above the bistro. Other restaurateurs in the area are mourning her death.

"She was always there [at Arcane], always working," said [Edi] Frauneder, who is also the chef at Edi and the Wolf, "humming along to the pace of Avenue C."

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A memorial at 236 E. 13th St.

Last Friday night, an EVG reader noted the presence of two fire trucks and two ambulances around midnight on East 13th Street between Second Avenue and Third Avenue. According to the reader, the NYPD "would only say mind your own business." Paramedics were working to revive a young man who "looked dead."

We never heard anything else about this until last night, when another reader said that the stoop at 236 E. 13th St. was covered in flowers and candles. The word among neighbors was that the young man had died.

We don't have any other information at this time.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Memorial for Dashane Santana on Avenue D

Outside the Rite Aid near Seventh Street. The 12-year-old died after being hit by a van while she crossed Delancey Street last Friday.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Former East Village resident's family killed in Christmas Day blaze

You likely saw the horrible headlines about the fire early yesterday morning in Stamford, Conn., that killed the parents and three children of marketing executive Madonna Badger.

According to the various news accounts, Badger lived for years on East 13th Street just west of Broadway. Badger, who escaped the fire, sold her home on East 13th Street in October 2010.

Per the Post:

Madonna Badger’s former East Village super, Trifu Penca, said the exec and her husband separated three years ago. He fondly remembered their adorable daughters.
"The kids are very cute, very playful," he said.