A 20-year old Brooklyn man was killed at about 1 PM on Monday when a contractor
hired by the Parks Department failed to close off a path running through
Red Hook’s Coffey Park when pruning and removing trees as part of
post-Hurricane Sandy clean up.
TREE REMOVAL CONTRACTOR’S FAILURE TO CLOSE PATH RESULTED IN THE DEATH
OF A NEIGHBORHOOD MAN
Jim Liu, a neighborhood fixture described as “hard-working”
and “friendly”, was riding his bicycle through the popular
path in Coffey Park to deliver food to a customer when he was struck by
a falling tree. Mr. Liu was transported to Methodist Hospital where he
remained in critical condition before his untimely death. It is unclear
whether the contractor who was responsible for the incident attempted
to stop Mr. Liu from riding down the path however what does appear clear
is that the paved path was not closed for traffic despite the dangerous
activities in progress.
POST-HURRICANE SANDY CLEAN-UP CONTINUES
Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc along the East Coast, including New York
City, in mid-late October 2012. Three years later, New York City is still
undertaking efforts to clean up from the damage caused by the Superstorm.
Such efforts include hiring private contractors for tree removal. Whether
the City may be held liable for Mr. Liu’s death as landowner, or
for hiring the private contractor who cut down the tree, remains to be seen.