[Update] Fox 29 reports that the falling woman was killed in the incident, but the pedestrian survived and is hospitalized with her injuries.
Authorities say a 20-year-old female Temple student was killed after falling from a building and landing on a pedestrian. Investigators believe the girl was sitting on the ledge, possibly leaning out of the 8th floor window taking a picture when she fell.
Police say the Temple student was visiting two male friends who live in the Art Institute of Philadelphia dorms when she fell from the 8th story of the building and landed on a 44-year-old female pedestrian. The 20-year-old female was transported to Jefferson Hospital where she was pronounced dead after suffering severe head injuries. Police say the female pedestrian was transported to Hahnemann Hospital where she’s listed in stable condition. She suffered a fractured neck vertebrae and lost several teeth.
Police are still investigating the circumstances of the fall.
Shoppers and pedestrians watched in horror as an 18-year-old Temple University student, identified by sources as Rebecca Kim, slipped and fell off the window ledge of an apartment building and landed on top of another woman, 44, who happened to be walking below at the time.
Temple University released this statement following Kim’s death:
“Temple University is deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of our students in Center City Philadelphia. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.”
[Original] On Thursday evening during rush hour, a young woman fell from an apartment building near the corner of 16th and Chestnut streets, landing on a female pedestrian outside the H&M, according to police. The circumstances of the fall are unclear.
According to photographer HughE Dillon, emergency personnel worked on the woman who fell for 15 minutes before she was rushed to Jefferson University Hospital; she reportedly died shortly thereafter. The other woman is being treated at Hahnemann.
Police have yet to make an official statement about the tragic incident. More details as we get them.
All photos courtesy HughE Dillon.