Photo posted by @denisitabaires, a bystander, to her Twitter account.
In an absolutely extraordinary event Monday, a young woman fell about 23 stories, from the top of the Panamericano Hotel in downtown Buenos Aires, and smashed, back first, onto the top of a taxi.
Remarkably, she’s didn’t die.
Though police aren’t certain about the details of her fall, investigators think she attempted suicide.
The driver of the taxi that the woman smashed into, seen in the above photo, described the experience in a brief interview with Radio 10.
In between tears the man, who goes by Miguel, said his “intuition” told him to step out of the car. “I saw a policeman looking up,” he said, adding that he also saw the woman “hanging” from the top of the hotel. Miguel got out of the car “a second” before the woman smashed into it and created a “terrible noise.”
He said he was standing about 10 meters from the car when she hit it.
“I just want to tell everyone that everything in life has a solution,” he said. “Life is for living.”
The state news agency Telam reported that the woman is 32 years old and named Daniela. At the very least, she suffered internal bleeding and the fracturing of both of her hip bones.
According to the World Health Organization, global suicide rates have risen consistently since 1950, totaling about 16 per every 100,000 people today. Men are much more likely to kill themselves than are women.
Worldwide, a person commits suicide every 40 seconds. A person attempts suicide every three seconds.
The highest suicide rates are in Eastern Europe and former Soviet bloc countries.
“More people are dying from suicide than in all of the several armed conflicts around the world and, in many places, about the same or more than those dying from traffic accidents,” according to the WHO.
The WHO puts Argentina’s suicide rate at about 7.9 per 100,000, compared with 11 in the U.S. and just 4.6 in Brazil.
In 2005, the last year for which WHO data is available, 3,069 people committed suicide in Argentina. About 78% of those suicides were men.
Statistically speaking, people are more likely to commit suicide between the ages of 15 and 35.
*If you are considering suicide, please talk to someone about your thoughts. You deserve it. Life does get better. If you speak Spanish, call this number in Argentina: 135. If you speak English, or are in the U.S., call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).