NEW YORK (AP) — Family of the man crushed to death when a crane collapsed on his car say he was a Harvard-educated immigrant who worked tirelessly to succeed in life.
Lisa Guttman told The Associated Press on Friday her brother-in-law David Wichs was “the most brilliant person ever.”
She says Wichs was born in Prague, immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager and took every opportunity he could, graduating with a degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
Officials say he was killed in Lower Manhattan while sitting in his car when a giant crane collapsed as workers were lowering it amid a snow squall.
Guttman says Wichs worked at the New York-based computerized financial trading firm Tower Research Capital.
A company representative didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.
Guttman called Wichs “the most special person ever.”
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