A New York City man who plunged 39 storeys from the rooftop of an apartment building has survived after crashing on to a parked sports car – and lived to tell about it.
Tom Magill, 22, suffered just a broken leg, a shattered ankle and a collapsed lung after his 10:44 a.m. leap from atop the West End Towers on West End Avenue at 63rd Street.
He just screamed ‘My leg! My leg!’ after an apparent suicide attempt ended with his landing in the red 2008 Dodge Charger, witnesses said.
Magill was in critical condition Tuesday night, undergoing surgery for two broken legs – but those who saw him fall were stunned he made it to the hospital.
“He came down feetfirst at like 100 mph,” said witness Andrew Petrocelli, 47, a maintenance worker across the street from where Magill jumped.
“That’s a miracle if I’ve ever seen one. He should be a goner. It was like that movie ‘Unbreakable.’ That was this guy: unbreakable.”
Guy McCormack, 40, of Old Bridge, N.J., owner of the crushed Charger, was doing construction work across the street when his car broke Magill’s fall.
He believes Magill survived on the wings of divine intervention. Holding up a set of crystal rosary beads he retrieved from inside the car, McCormack exclaimed, “Here’s what saved him!”
Magill’s father, Thomas Sr., sent friends a text message, asking them to “pray for my son.”
“He’s stable now. We can only hope he’ll be okay,” the father said after doctors briefed him on his son’s surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital.
Magill, whose family lives on Staten Island, was once listed as a resident of the Manhattan building, West End Towers at 75 West End Ave. Neighbors said he studied music at Fordham University.
“I hate my life,” says his Facebook page. Under the category “bio,” he posted, “I’m over it,” and he listed “being mean” and “making fun of people” as interests.
Police sources said investigators believe he jumped from a 39th-floor window or balcony at 10:45 a.m. He landed in the car’s backseat and trunk area, twisted like a pretzel.
“He had his hands up in the air, like flailing,” Petrocelli said. “Just when he’s about to land, there was a boom and glass flying all over.
“The car saved his life,” Petrocelli surmised. “He landed in there like a stunt man. It was amazing.”
Magill hit so hard that his royal-blue Keds sneakers were knocked off his feet and one landed on the windshield of a car parked behind McCormack’s Dodge.
“I’m shocked that he did that. He’s an amazing kid,” said Magill’s Staten Island neighbor Francine Denardo. “He seemed so happy. He seemed so joyful.”
While surviving a fall of 39 stories would be miraculous in any book, it’s not unheard of in the city. Window washer Alcides Moreno survived a 43-story accidental fall on Dec. 7, 2008, from an East Side skyscraper. [via Daily Telegraph (UK), NY Post and NY Daily News]