Filipino killed in NY freak accident laid to rest

By Don Tagala, ABS CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Dec 14 2012 05:37 PM | Updated as of Dec 15 2012 01:37 AM

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Family and friends paid their last respects to Tristan Michael Mananghaya who was killed in a freak accident at a construction site in the Bronx last week.

The 38-year-old Filipino construction worker was pinned when a large refrigeration unit that was being lifted came crashing down outside a building on Grand Concourse at 173rd Street, almost in front of Bronx Lebanon Hospital.

Witnesses said Mananghaya, 38, was guiding the crane operator when a chain that linked the massive air-conditioning unit to the crane snapped, dropping several feet.

Tristan Michael Mananghaya

At the funeral service held at the St. Anthony of Padua Church in Jersey City, New Jersey Thursday morning, Mananghaya’s first cousin and community leader Joey Mayo said he still could not believe what happened.

“He was a loving father, a good provider, always happy-go-lucky, his leaving us is a tragedy, he leaves behind children who’s gonna miss him, he’s like a brother to me and we all love him so much and he changed all our lives,” he said.

Mayo added that the accident is still under investigation and it’s too early to tell whether the family would pursue legal actions against Mananghaya’s employer C and L Towing and Agrekko, an airconditioning rental company in New Jersey.

“The OSHA is still doing the investigation so until that time we don’t want to make any speculations,” Mayo said, “At this point we don’t know if it’s an accident, If there’s any wrongdoing or foul play or anything like that until the investigation is done, We wont make any speculations.”

Mananghaya was laid to rest at the North Arlington Cemetery in Kearney, New Jersey.