A woman dropped from a Midtown Manhattan hotel Tuesday and died, it was reported.
The New York Daily News and New York Post are reporting that the woman—who was not identified—fell from the luxurious 1 Hotel Central Park on Sixth Ave. and W. 58th St. in Midtown at around 3 p.m. local time on Tuesday.
According to police, the woman jumped. Police tried to convince her to come to safety. However, some witnesses said that she may have fallen.
The reports say that she dropped from the 18th floor.
Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene. “I was coming out of the building and saw people looking up. There were firemen there trying to talk her out of jumping,” said businessman David Horowitch, 60, the Daily News reported.
“It almost looked like she slipped. Not sure if that’s what happened. She somersaulted. It was a sound I never want to hear again,” he said. “Then I looked away.”
Other witnesses told the Post that she was up there for some time, speaking with someone, but she eventually let go and dropped.
“It looked like she couldn’t hold on any longer,” said Isabella Rose Faro.
Officials said that they were going to retrieve airbags to be set up on the ground but the woman fell before they were able to get them set up, the Post reported.
“She came over the edge. One officer came. You could see his head. He talked to her for maybe one minute,” Brendan Walsh said. “She just let go, fell backwards. From the beginning she was just a hair away from falling. It looked like she was ready to go. She was just getting ready, in the position.”
He added, “It wasn’t one of those situations where someone is sitting on the bridge and wants to talk.”