NEW YORK (AP) – A Manhattan woman who was knocked into a coma by a lamppost during a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade years ago was thrust into the limelight again, when the plane of New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle crashed into her bedroom.

At least Kathleen Caronna was unhurt this time. But she, her husband and 9-year-old son – who was a baby at the time of the parade mishap – can’t go home for awhile.

The plane’s engine landed only feet away from where Caronna sleeps, in the bedroom that went up in flames, her relatives told the Daily News in Friday’s editions.

Caronna barely escaped injury. She was on her way home Wednesday when Lidle’s Cirrus SR20 crashed into the Belaire high-rise apartment building at 2:42 p.m., killing him and his flight instructor.

She reportedly was shaken, saying she would have been home if the plane had hit a few minutes later. But Caronna did visit her scorched apartment to see the damage, the Daily News said.

In 1997, Caronna lay in a coma for almost a month after being critically injured when a balloon knocked part of a lamppost onto her head during the Thanksgiving parade. The then 33-year-old investment analyst was watching the parade with her husband and son at 72nd Street and Central Park West when the mammoth Cat in the Hat balloon went out of control.

The crash site was located at 72nd and York Avenue – just east of where she was injured before.


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