Woman Gravely Injured by Falling Debris at Brooklyn Bar

NY Post - July 01, 2019

by Ben Feuerherd

A woman was seriously injured when debris from construction scaffolding fell off of a building and crashed into the courtyard of a Brooklyn bar Sunday afternoon, police and fire officials said.

Kathleen Keating, 33, was in the courtyard of Mission Dolores on Fourth Avenue in Park Slope when wind blew the debris from the scaffolding on the 12th-floor roof of the neighboring building at about 3:30 p.m., FDNY Deputy Chief James McNally said.

Keating was hit in the back of the head by the debris, her father told The Post.

“She took the brunt of that hit to the back of her head,” Keating’s father, Kevin, who was flying to New York from North Carolina to be with his daughter said in a phone call.

Two other women who were in the courtyard suffered minor injuries, McNally said. All three of them were rushed to NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, police said.

Kevin Keating said doctors performed a CAT scan on Kathleen, who goes by her middle name, Haley, and were forced to put her on a breathing tube at the hospital.

Workers were repointing bricks on the roof of the building when wood and steel from the scaffolding blew off of it, McNally said. Storms were passing through the area around the same time.

Police and fire officials responded to the scene to secure the debris.

Caroline Keating, 27, who works as a nurse at Duke Hospital in North Carolina said she was shocked about what happened to her sister.

“To hear that something fell and knocked your sister unconscious and now she’s intubated, it was surreal and terrifying,” she said. “You feel helpless at that point. It’s kind of wild just a little bit of wind from a storm has caused this amount of injury.”