|Both the decedent and the accidental victim are described as "lovely" people. By the way, 3:15 on a Friday afternoon seems like an odd time to jump out of your window. My guess is that Friday night or Monday morning are more common times for jumping. I'll have to look it up, though.
"A pedestrian casually strolling along a Midtown sidewalk Friday was crushed by a woman who jumped to her death from the window on the third floor of her apartment building.
The innocent bystander was on First Avenue near East 51st Street when the despondent woman leapt from the window at 3:15 p.m. and fell atop of her, cops said.
People attending a holiday office party rushed outside to help.
“We held her hand,” witness Meredith Murphy said of the injured pedestrian. “She was very scared and confused.”
As she lay on the pavement, she expressed concern about the condition of the jumper.
“She was quite rattled,” said another witness, Diana Schumacher. “She was lovely and saying a prayer to the other lady.”
One passer-by tried to give first aid to the jumper.
“I held her head. I was trying to stop the bleeding,” said Dimitris Pahoulis, a waiter from a restaurant next door. “I was trying to communicate with her, but she was not responding.”
The unidentified jumper was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where she died.
“She was a very lovely person. She was always friendly,” a neighbor said of the fatal victim. “I feel bad for [her husband]. He didn’t think this was going to happen.”
The pedestrian was listed in serious condition with non-life-threatening injuries."