A 57-year-old woman, who lived on Avenue C in Stuyvesant Town, leaped to her death from the eighth floor of 113 University Place a little after noon Monday, according to the New York Police Department.
NYU spokesman John Beckman said the individual was not affiliated with the university.
At the time of press, the NYPD had not released the woman’s identity.
The policeman on the scene added that the office she jumped from was undergoing renovation at the time of the incident.
“We saw something fall from the sky,” said Chess Vass, a 23-year-old who was at the Stromboli Pizza and Pasta restaurant located across the street. “We didn’t see what it was exactly, but we heard the noise, and when we looked over we saw her, lying there motionless.”
Other witnesses described the incident as shocking and traumatizing.
Another witness Zach Staggers, 26, who was at a deli across the street when he saw the woman fall, said the incident was surreal.
“It was strangely quiet right after it happened and nobody ran up or anything,” Staggers said.
Staggers estimated that approximately 20 witnesses were in the vicinity when the woman jumped.
Andres Acuna, who is the chef manager of Vive La Crepe located on University Place, told a similar account.
“The impact, it was really loud,” Acuna said. “Everybody heard it.”
Multiple witnesses agreed that first responders came to the scene within minutes.
Officers blocked off the sidewalk and occupied the area for almost two hours until medical examiners arrived at approximately 2:36 p.m. to remove the body.
Dylan Mesanko, 21, recalled what he was told by his friend, who was too distressed to speak publicly about the incident.
“He heard a thump,” Mesanko said. “He thought it was a truck going by.”
Mesanko expressed his own sorrow for the incident.
“It’s sad when something like this happens,” he said. “It’s crazy. It was nuts.”
CAS sophomore Victoria Allen described the scene 20 minutes after the victim was reported to the New York Fire Department.
“I was walking to class around 12:10 when I reached University and 13th,” Allen said. “I saw all of the crime scene tape and I saw a white sheet on the ground across the street and a lot of police officers.”
“I wasn’t sure what had happened,” she added.
Beckman said any student who witnessed the event and was disturbed by what he or she saw should visit the NYU Wellness Exchange. He also urged students who saw anything that might assist the police investigation to approach NYU Public Safety and share their information.
Additional reporting by Veronica Carchedi, Daniel Hinton and Hanqing Chen. Tony Chau is city/state editor. Email them at email@example.com.
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