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November 19, 2017

11/13/2017 10:14:00 AM
Wisconsin native gives first hand experience of NY attack

by Kasi Greenwood

On Tuesday, Octobter 31, Lower Manhattan was a site of another terrorist attack. A man rented a pickup truck, driving down a very busy bike path, pummeling into cyclists and runners. Eight people died in that attack, along with 12 people being injured. It was the second attack in Lower Manhattan since Sept. 11, 2001.
Thanks to a mishap in appointment scheduling, a Wisconsin native was saved from being in the midst of all of the chaos that day.
Hannah Preston, a 26-year-old from Spring Green and Plain, has been living in New York City since February. Preston originally had worked in the fashion industry, a job she had been offered after following one of her favorite designers on Instagram.
"If I wanted [the job], I had to be out in New York within five days," Preston recalled.
After quitting her fashion job this past May, she began walking dogs for clients, which is very profitable in that region.
Preston shared her encounter with what happened on that day.
"I was supposed to be there," Preston said. "I'm in that place everyday."
On Tuesday, Preston was planning to walk one of her regular clients' pets, one that she walked almost everyday. That specific client forgot to book the night before. She recalled that if the appointment ended up working out, after returning the client's pet home, she would have been in that very location at that very time.
Since the client forgot to book, Preston was relaxing at home. She had received texts from people in Wisconsin hoping that she was alright. Not understanding what they were talking about, she turned on the TV to see the news.
"Usually when things happen in New York, people at home in Wisconsin freak out about it, and it's usually somewhere distant from me. New York is huge," Preston stated.
"Catastrophes that people back in Wisconsin hear about, that actually affect me, are pretty slim to none."
This time it was different. After looking up the intersection of the attack, she realized that she would have been there. Preston recalled some of the initial thoughts going through her head upon her realization.
"I remember my heart just dropping," Preston said.
It wasn't the first time she could've been at the wrong place at the wrong time....
See the rest of the story in the November 9th Chronicle issue.

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