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The family of an Army war hero and father of four who was fatally crushed in a Manhattan crane accident two years ago has filed a wrongful death suit over the incident, new court papers show
Gregory Echevarria, of Bushwick, Brooklyn, died April 13, 2019 after a 7.5 ton counterweight fell from a crane as he was working at a luxury condo site in Soho.
Now, a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Echevarria’s former wife and their three kids — as well as his fiancée and their toddler — alleging negligence by the building owners, the developers and the construction companies involved.
The defendants “had actual notice or knowledge of the dangerous and defective conditions … and failed to timely and properly remedy same and provide a safe place for [Echevarria] to work,” the suit charges.
“As a result of the carelessness, recklessness and negligence of the defendants… [Echevarria] sustained severe and grievous personal injuries resulting in his wrongful death,” the court papers allege.
The 34-year-old crane rigger died instantly in the accident that occurred on the corner of Broome and Varick Streets. A second worker was also injured and filed suit in 2019. That case is still pending.
Echevarria — who served multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan — left behind a then 3-month old son and three other children from his prior marriage.
The posh 25-story, 54-unit building in Hudson Square has since opened and currently has five available units for sale that are all roughly going for between $3 million and $3.5 million.
Director Cary Fukunaga — who made one of the James Bond film “No Time to Die” starring Daniel Craig — bought a penthouse unit at the 570 Broome St. building.
Lawyers for Echevarria’s fiancée Sarah Ramirez and young son Garrison said the accident was preventable.
“This is a tragedy,” lawyer Gail Kelner told The Post by phone. “Sarah’s baby and the three other children are left without a father.”
“I think it is a horrendous accident that occurred,” Kelner said. “Adequate safety measures could have prevented this, as is the case in so many construction accidents where these tragedies are so avoidable.”
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