Verdict Expected Thursday in Fatal Crane Collapse Case
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
A verdict is expected Thursday in the manslaughter case stemming from a deadly crane collapse in Midtown two years ago.
Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Roger Hayes is now weighing the future of crane rigger William Rapetti, who declined a jury.
On Monday, closing arguments from both sides drew competing pictures of what caused a cascade of failures that brought down the crane. Prosecutors say the crane fell because Rapetti did a reckless job of using four heavy-duty polyester straps.
Defense lawyers focused on problems with pinholes that helped anchor the beams used to link the crane to the building. Seven people died in the accident.