Man walking in NYC hit by fallen piece of fire escape dies

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NEW YORK (AP) — A man hit by a piece of fire escape that had fallen from a New York City building has died.

Police say 58-year-old Richard Marchhart died Saturday from a skull fracture he sustained when he was hit by the debris Friday.

Police say the Garden City man was walking on Broadway in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood when a piece of the building's metal fire escape hit him.

A 24-year-old woman who also was hit by the debris was hospitalized in stable condition.

Officials say a worker was inspecting the fire escape seven stories up on a ladder when a piece of it broke off and fell.

Police and the city Buildings Department are investigating.

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