Thursday, April 9, 2009

Suicide attempt that injures someone else

When we talk about res ipsa loquitur in class we often joke about things falling from buildings on innocent bystanders. Today I saw this story which is no joke: Last week a woman in Queens, NY, decided to attempt suicide by jumping from the top level of an indoor shopping mall into the open courtyard below. She landed on a 17 year old who was briefly knocked unconscious and sufferend a large gash on his head which required him to go to a hospital. At the time of the incident, the lower level of the Mall was packed with high school students on spring break. The account of the story I saw does not state if the woman died from her attempt.

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