On Wednesday, a man from New Jersey fell nine stories from a Jersey City high-rise, landed on a BMW, and survived.
The horrifying incident happened in Jersey City at around 10:20 a.m. local time. The man crashed through the roof of the BMW parked below 26 Journal Square. After the fall, the man managed to stand up and asked, “What happened?” witness Christina Smith told New York Post.
“I heard a big boom and I didn’t think it was a person at first,” Smith recalled. “The back window of the car just busted out—exploded. Then the guy jumped up and started screaming. His arm was all twisted. I was like, ‘Oh my God!’ I was shocked. It was like being in a movie.”
Smith immediately called 911, then took photos and videos of the fearful aftermath. Spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione said the man was rushed to the hospital in critical condition as of Thursday. Police believe there is no evidence of foul play in the incident, but she emphasized that they are still investigating it.
“He fell into the car through the sunroof, then climbed out of the car and fell on the ground. He was trying to get up but people were trying to get him to stay down —’You don’t know how hurt you are,'” said Mark Bordeaux, 50, who works in the building and witnessed the fall.
“So he stayed there until the police and ambulances came. He kept saying, ‘Leave me alone, I want to die.’ You saw one of his arms was clearly broken, but he was conscious, he was moving,” he said.
“He wanted to die. That was his agenda. But God had something else in mind.”
Jersey City police briefly restricted roads near the building where the guy fell on Wednesday afternoon, including the Journal Square PATH Station and Hudson County Community College.