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The Bobster
10-10-2015, 07:29 AM
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Teen dies after fall down Staten Island hospital elevator shaft
By Ben Feuerherd and Kenneth Garger
October 10, 2015 | 10:04am

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A teenage boy died after he fell down an elevator shaft at an abandoned Staten Island hospital Friday.

Marcos Castillo, 16, was found about 5 p.m. at the former Staten Island Hospital in Tompkinsville and taken to Richmond University Hospital, where he was declared dead.

“That was my son. I just hope they tear that building down,” Marcos’ father told The Post, holding back tears. “I have no more words to say right now.”

The teen suffered head trauma after plummeting seven stories inside the long-vacant Castleton Avenue facility, which has been beset by fires over the years, including one in June, reported the Staten Island Advance.

Cops believe the teen was “playing” :rolleyes: in the building, which has racked up 49 violations from the Buildings Department.

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A Buildings Department investigator was at the facility Saturday morning, according to WABC.

Castillo’s neighbors described the youngster as a helpful, polite and studious boy.

“He was a nice kid, a really sweet boy,” next-door neighbor Margaret Thompson, 52, told The Post. :rolleyes: “He was always helping his father. He would help with laundry, walk the dog. He was a sweet boy. He always said hello, always polite. This is just devastating for them. It’s horrible. It’s just horrible.”

Another neighbor described Castillo’s love for his canine pal, Moolah.

“Oh, God! I didn’t realize he was 16 years old already,” Jeanette Pupello said. “He was always with the dog, walking the dog. His dog would get out and I would help him go look for it, drive around and look for the dog. He was always with the dog in the yard.”

Kathleen Hart, 45, said: “He was serious about school and he was proud of himself. This was not a hangout kid. He was always home helping. This is probably the first time he went out because he was always home.” :rolleyes:

The Bobster
10-11-2015, 07:40 AM
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Teen in tragic 7-story fall waited hours for help, sources say
By Larry Celona, Ben Feuerherd and Aaron Feis
October 10, 2015 | 10:04am

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Marcos Castillo died after falling from an abandoned building, right, on Friday.
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A Staten Island teen who died after a seven-story tumble down the elevator shaft of an abandoned hospital may have been lying there — alive — for two to three hours before help arrived, sources said.

Four kids were playing hide-and-seek Friday inside the largely unsecured site of the long-vacant Staten Island Hospital in Tompkinsville when Marcos Castillo, 16, took his tragic fall, according to sources.

But the group of 13- to 16-year-olds apparently didn’t notice their friend was missing for an hour.

When they discovered Marcos on the floor of the shaft, they panicked and bolted for home, sources said.

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The squat monster parents of Marcos Castillo, Jorge Rivera and Angela Castillo, in tears on Friday.
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The kids brought an adult back to the scene, but it’s unclear how long that took, sources said. The adult called 911 at 4:41 p.m. from the Castleton Avenue site. An ambulance was on the scene within five minutes of the call.

All told, the tragic delay could have been “anywhere from two to three hours,” a source said.

Castillo was found with severe head trauma, but had a pulse, according to another source.

He was rushed to Richmond University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Castillo’s dad was devastated by the possibility his son could have been helped sooner.

“I don’t know [the] friends,” a weeping Jorge Rivera said Saturday morning. “I don’t know why they didn’t call early, fast. I don’t know why they waited too long. They could save his life.”
He added, “The city has to take out that building. It’s not secure for nobody.”

A city Buildings Department spokesman said the incident is under investigation.

The long-neglected seven-acre site on Castleton Avenue is only partially fenced off and the barrier has holes and lacks barbed wire. It’s easily circumvented, locals said.

Workers closed some of the gaps Saturday afternoon.

Neighbors described Castillo as helpful, polite and studious.

“He was a nice kid, a really sweet boy,” said Margaret Thompson, 52. “He was always helping his father. He would help with laundry, walk the dog . . . He always said hello, always polite. This is just devastating for them. It’s horrible. It’s just horrible.”

A Buildings Department investigator was at the facility Saturday morning, according to WABC.

Another neighbor described Castillo’s love for his dog, Moolah.

“Oh, God! I didn’t realize he was 16-years-old already,” Jeanette Pupello said. “He was always with the dog, walking the dog. His dog would get out and I would help him go look for it, drive around and look for the dog. He was always with the dog in the yard.”

Kathleen Hart, 45, said: “He was serious about school and he was proud of himself. This was not a hangout kid. He was always home helping. This is probably the first time he went out because he was always home.”

The hospital site has been empty since the 1970s and has had several fires over the years, including one in June, according to the Staten Island Advance.

The Bobster
01-02-2017, 04:40 PM
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Mom sues over sonís fatal plunge at abandoned hospital
By Larry Celona and Kaja Whitehouse
January 2, 2017 | 6:01pm

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Marcos Castillo's parents play the ghetto lottery near the site of the teen's fatal fall in October 2015. Gregory P. Mango


The mother of a Staten Island teen who died after falling down the elevator shaft of an abandoned hospital is suing the city and the owner of the property, claiming their negligence caused her sonís death.

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Mongrel Hairball Marcos Castillo
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New York City and the owners of the former Staten Island Hospital knew that the deserted hospital on Castleton Ave. had become a dangerous playground for kids ó and didnít do anything to stop it, according to a lawsuit filed by Angela Castillo in Staten Island state court.

Castilloís son Marcos died in 2015 after falling six stories down an elevator shaft while playing hide-and-go-seek in the ghostly brick building with his friends. The 16-year-old waited hours for help to arrive before being rushed to Richmond University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Marcosí father declined a request for an interview, saying it would only make his grief-stricken wife cry. :rolleyes: ďI donít want to see her again crying,Ē Jorge Rivera told The Post when reached by phone.

Castillo, who won control of her sonís estate in October, is seeking damages in an amount to be determined at trial. :mad:

Her lawsuit accuses the city and the hospitalís owner, Shore Holdings UK, of a ďreckless disregard for the safety of othersĒ by allowing the site to be a hazardous play area ó and only taking measures to demolish it after tragedy struck.

They knew the abandoned site was in ďa derelict, unguarded, hazardous, defective and unsafe condition,Ē and they knew that people, including kids, were getting in and running amuck, the lawsuit said.

City records show that the city received $31,0000 to demolish the rundown seven-story building on Oct. 13, 2015 ó mere days after Castilloís tragic death. Before that, the site was abandoned for decades amid failed attempts to turn it into high-priced condominiums.

ďWhy does it take a tragedy to take action?Ē Castilloís lawyer, Tom Moore said, referring to delayed demolition. ďAfter all these years of obvious dangers and hazards at this site, Marcos unnecessarily and avoidably lost his life and left his family grief stricken,Ē he said.

A lawyer for Shore Holdings, which bought the property for $10,000 in Jan. 2015 from Forkash Realty Corp., didnít return a request for comment.

The cityís Law Department said it will review the complaint.