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Man Falls From Upper West Side Condo onto Parked Car and Survives

By Ben Fractenberg | August 31, 2010 2:55pm | Updated on September 1, 2010 6:14am

By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

UPPER WEST SIDE — A man fell several stories from a building and lived after landing on a parked car in the Upper West Side on Tuesday morning, the FDNY said.

Thomas Magill, 22, fell from the residential building at 75 West End Ave. just before 10:45 a.m. and landed on the back window and trunk of a red 2008 Dodge Charger, according to police and witnesses at the scene. 

A police spokesman could not confirm if he fell or jumped.

"I just came out to get a little fresh air and all I saw was a shadow coming down," said Anthony Amedeo, 48, of Whitestone, N.Y., a construction worker who was working at the nearby Ashley Building. "He hit the car and glass shattered all over the place."

The smashed Dodge Charger a man fell into Tuesday morning.
The smashed Dodge Charger a man fell into Tuesday morning.
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A blue sneaker that apparently belonged to Magill was on the hood of parked car directly behind the Charger. He was once listed as a resident of the building.

A police deputy on the scene said Magill jumped from the top of the 39-story building. However, the FDNY said it was from somewhere between five and seven stories.

Magill survived the fall and was taken to St. Luke's, the FDNY said.

"He's stable now. We can only hope he'll be okay," his father Thomas Sr. told the Daily News.

Magill underwent surgery on his two broken legs and was listed in critical condition on Tuesday night, the News reported.

The Dodge Charger appeared to cushion the man's fall and he was still conscious when the FDNY arrived around 11 a.m.

"As they were picking him out of the car he was screaming 'my legs! my legs!'" Amedeo said.

No pedestrians were harmed in the mostly residential neighborhood and officials said no other injuries were reported.

Construction worker Guy McCormack, 40, of Old Bridge, N.J., owns the Dodge Charger and found out about the incident from a coworker.

"I was working and they told me someone fell on my car," he said. "I thought it was a joke."

McCormack, who has been working at the Ashley Building down the block for three years, usually parks his car in a lot. He said it was only the second time he's parked on the street over that span.

"It's unbelievable," he said.

Chelsea-resident Chris Bell'Armo, 40, said he was working across the street when he heard a noise that sounded like an "explosion" and looked out the window, where he saw the fallen man trying to pull himself out of the car.

"I thought he was dead until I saw him moving," Bell'Armo said. "I can't believe the guy was alive when they pulled him out. It was incredible."