Worker Falls From Construction Site of Tallest Tower on West Coast

Wilshire Grand Center - H 2016
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Scheduled to open on March 8, 2017, the Wilshire Grand will stand 73 stories high.

A worker has fallen from the site of the Wilshire Grand, a skyscraper currently under construction in downtown Los Angeles that, when completed, will be the tallest building on the West Coast.

According to a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department, the man fell from the building and was found unresponsive by paramedics. The emergency call came in a 12:08 p.m. on Thursday. The man has not been officially pronounced dead by the LAPD, though the Los Angeles Times reports that he has died.

According to the Times, the man made impact with a car and that "a woman inside the vehicle is being examined." According to the LAPD, however, the victim struck the sidewalk.

Upon its completion, the 73-story Wilshire Grand Center will stand 1,099 feet high, making it the second-tallest structure west of the Mississippi River and the tallest in the Pacific Time Zone. 

The complex, which is located at the corners of Wilshire Boulevard and Figueroa Street, will contain a 900-room InterContinental hotel, 67,000 square feet of retail space and 677,000 square feet of office space. It cost its Korea-based developer Hanjin Group about $1 billion to erect. 

It is scheduled to open March 8, 2017.

March 17, 2:01 p.m.: The Times reports the worker fell 53 floors and was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim struck the back of a moving car. The driver, a woman, was not injured.