Falling debris kills construction worker in Morningside Heights

MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS — A construction worker was struck and killed by debris that fell from a high-rise building in upper Manhattan Thursday afternoon.

Police responded to 524 Riverside Drive at about 2:14 p.m. to find the man unconscious and unresponsive.

He was later identified aas Angel Ezpinoza, 28, of Staten Island.

Authorities say a piece of scaffolding apparently fell several stories in the building's courtyard and struck the worker in the head. Ezpinoza was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The property is owned by International House.

The Department of Buildings is investigating.

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