A 23 year old woman jumped from the 23rd story of the Crowne-Plaza Panamerican hotel, in an apparent suicide effort, and landed on top of a taxi which saved her life.
Witnesses say the woman went in the hotel very early in the morning, had a drink at the bar, and then went to the higher floors of the hotel, where there are swimming pools and spas commonly used by tourists. The woman then stepped onto the balcony, and jumped off.
The taxi driver saw a cop looking up in concern. Curious, he got off the cab, just in time to hear the cop and other bystanders yelling at him to move out of the way. Fractions of a second later, the woman plummeted rear first into the roof and windshield of the cab.
Doctors believe it is that particular position of landing what saved her life, had she fall on her head, she probably would have died on impact.
Each story is approximately 4 meters high (13 ft.), so it is estimated the woman fell a hundred meters (328 ft.) into the taxi.
The woman, whose name remains unpublished is being treated at the Argerich hospital; both her hips are broken and there’s blood in her lungs.
Estimates published by civil organizations say that in average, four Argentines attempt suicide every hour. The majority of these cases on individuals aged 14-24,
and for every attempt that ends in death, there are between 10 and 20 botched attempts.