Transgender woman found unconscious on Midtown street dies

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Friday, May 5, 2017
A transgender woman found unconscious on Midtown street died apparently from head trauma.

MIDTOWN, Manhattan (WABC) -- A transgender woman died after she was discovered unconscious last week in Midtown, and authorities believe she may be the victim of an assault.

The 59-year-old woman, believed to be homeless, was found on Seventh Avenue, near West 29th Street, around 10:30 p.m. on April 25.

She had head trauma and was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where she died Thursday afternoon.

Detectives are now investigating whether she was assaulted before being found. Initially, hospital staff didn't see evidence that she was a victim of a crime.

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

The NYPD is still trying to locate relatives for notification.

Police say detectives were only notified of her injuries Thursday, after she was pronounced dead.