An Irish American woman is in serious condition after scaffolding debris fell 12 stories into the courtyard of a Brooklyn bar and hit her on the back of the head. Over 20 complaints have been filed against the building since 2016.
Kathleen Keating, 33, was sitting in the atrium courtyard of Mission Dolores bar in Brooklyn, New York on Sunday afternoon when the unthinkable happened: scaffolding debris from an adjacent building fell from 12 stories up, crashed through the atrium's glass ceiling, and hit her on the head.
Keating, whom the New York Post reports goes by her middle name Haley, was rushed to New York Presbyterian-Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. Two other women who had been at the bar suffered minor injuries and were taken to the same hospital.
“She took the brunt of that hit to the back of her head,” Keating’s father, Kevin, told the Post in a phone call while en route to New York from North Carolina.
He shared that doctors had performed a CAT scan on Keating and put her on a breathing tube.
The FDNY reported that construction workers had been working on the roof of the Parlour condominium residences, which have been under construction since 2016. Severe storms were passing through the area at the time.
NYC's Department of Buildings issued a stop work order and instructed the building's contractor, Silvercup Scaffolding, to remove any remaining scaffolding that is not properly secured.
According to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, more than 22 complaints have been filed against the Parlour Residences since 2016, the most recent one being a violation filed on June 26 for "failure to certify correction on immediately hazardous ECB violation."
Condos in the building are currently listed between $1.7 million and $3 million.
Keating's younger sister Caroline, 27, who works as a nurse at Duke Hospital in North Carolina told the Post “To hear that something fell and knocked your sister unconscious and now she’s intubated, it was surreal and terrifying. . . 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.”