This Man Survived A 39-Story Fall By Landing On A Dodge

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Thomas Magill apparently attempted to end his 22 years of life by jumping off a high-rise building on the West Side of New York yesterday, only to survive by landing on a 2008 Dodge Charger parked 39 floors below.

Thomas Magill is a 22-year-old New Yorker not unlike most twentysomething New Yorkers, according to his Facebook page. He studied English at Fordham University, and had a job as a "stylist" at Club Monaco until recently. His family's from Staten Island, but the New York Daily News says he once lived in the building he jumped off of yesterday.

There are a few bits that stick out, like on his "Favorite Quotations" page where he includes these two comments.

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It seems significant in hindsight, but there's no way to know outside of the context. Also, "the ferry docks in period water" is a strange statement. Most tellingly, he apparently really likes The Decemberists and his interests include "Making Fun of People" and "Being Mean."

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According to witnesses, Magill flailed on his way down before landing feet first on the red Charger, crushing the roof and breaking the glass. The owner of the car's a construction worker from New Jersey who claims a set of rosary beads in the car are "what saved him."

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Magill was in critical condition Tuesday night, undergoing surgery for two broken legs

Photo Credit: Daniel Shapiro NYPost

(Hat tip to Ruthless013!)

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So (most likely I'm wrong)...

15 feet per story (assumed) * 39 = 585 ft

gravity = 9.80 m/s^2

speed = distance/time

final location = initial location + starting speed (time) + 1/2(gravity)(time^2)

0 = 585 + (0)(x) + (-9.80x^2)/2

-585 = -4.9(x^2)

119.4 = x^2

x = 10.9s

Speed = 585/10.9

speed = 53.7 ft/s

1 foot per second = 0.681818182 miles per hour (google)

speed = 36 mph approx

Can a human being survive a 36 mph hit?