My six-year-old daughter is sort-of obsessed right now with the dangers of thunder and lightning. While I’ve tried to downplay any threat, the events of last night prove that storms can be deadly, and tragically so.
At around 8 p.m. Thursday night, during the storm that brought thunder, lightning and high winds to some parts of Brooklyn and New York, a man was killed while walking down Clinton Street when scaffolding fell off Christ Church on the corner of Kane Street. Richard Schwartz, 61, a prosecutor with the state Attorney General’s office, was hit when he was walking home, according to news reports.
Watch this news clip on New York 1. Apparently, the storm was a derecho, which is categorized as a storm with high winds moving in one direction. Around 7:40 p.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service issued a strong warning for city residents to get indoors, as reported by Gothamist. The warning said that if you hear thunder, you are close enough to a storm to be hit by lightning.
The AG’s office and the borough president each released statements mourning Schwartz’ untimely death, and a New York Post reporter apparently caught Schwartz’ wife at Long Island University Hospital on Henry. The wife was heading to Vermont to share the terrible news with their daughter.
Oddly, Friday morning, New York 1 reporter Vivian Leigh was attacked by a woman wearing a white sheet at the scene of the accident. The young woman, 24, also of Brooklyn, climbed into Leigh’s news van and started putting on her makeup and eating food. Outside the van, the woman slugged Leigh in the neck, according to the New York Post.