A New Jersey man whose wife was gravely injured and baby daughter killed by a falling tree branch in Central Park has taken the first step toward filing a lawsuit against the city.
Michael Ricciutti's lawyer filed papers in Manhattan Supreme Court seeking a court order demanding the city preserve all the evidence of Saturday's tragedy, including the branch that killed 6-month-old Gianna and seriously hurt her mom, Karla Del Gallo.
The branch fell an estimated 25 feet onto the pair as they were posing for a picture outside the Central Park Zoo. The filing said the branch is necessary evidence for a negligence suit against the city.
In an affidavit attached to the proposed court order, lawyer Dino Mastropietro says Del Gallo suffered "catastrophic injuries" in the accident, including "skull, orbital and jaw fractures and severe brain damage."