A WOMAN fell to her death from a five-story New York City apartment building while trying to reach the rooftop – the second fatal plunge in a week.
Tyler Marie Thorp, 26, was visiting her friend in Kips Bay, Manhattan, when she tried to climb up the fire escape in the early hours of Friday morning, the NYPD said, as her heartbroken family paid tribute to her.
“We can’t believe it,” Tyler's heartbroken aunt Nadine Assouman said through tears.
“She was beautiful. She was an artist, she loved to draw. She was a beauty stylist, she loved doing makeup.”
Tyler's friend, who lives on the building’s top floor, told police that she and the victim were heading to the roof with several friends to hang out, NY Daily News reports.
The group had almost reached the roof when Thorpe slipped and fell through the staircase, tumbling down to the paved backyard, cops said.
Officers found Tyler unconscious and unresponsive in a courtyard behind the building where she fell from the fifth-floor fire escape.
She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the New York Post.
An autopsy was pending but no criminality is suspected, cops said.
This is the second accident involving a fatal fall from a building in the city in just a week.
Another woman fell to her death during a boozy party after reportedly trying to jump across the roof of the next building.
Cameron Perrelli, 24, was among revelers on the roof of an apartment building in the East Village at around 3am on May 22 when cops said she lost her balance and slipped through a gap.
The finance worker was rushed to Bellevue hospital but did not survive.
Cameron's uncle Michael Perrelli told the New York Daily News that they have heard different accounts of how Cameron died.
He said: "We got three stories. That she was jumping from one building to the next, and we heard that she was walking on an air condition vent, and then somebody just said she slipped."
Cameron's dad Louis Perrelli said the finance worker wasn't a risk-taker, DailyMail.com reports.
And he was stunned to learn that another woman plunged to her death so soon after his daughter died.
“These accidents will not stop till something is done,” he said on Saturday.
“It is so heartbreaking for my family, and now another has to endure this tragedy.”
The safety of the fire escapes of buildings in New York City has been a subject of debate with a number of deaths occurring over the past few years.
City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera (D-East Village) announced this week that she would introduce legislation to crack down on unsafe rooftop parties.
In 2018, a teen plunged down to her death off a fire escape of a five-story building in Manhattan while trying to get her cellphone that was in a locked room.
She tried to enter the room through the window but fell down, the Associated Press previously reported.
One person died and two others were injured that same year after falling seven stories down from a fire escape that broke off of a building in SoHo in New York City.
Landlords are required by law to hire a licensed professional to inspect fire escapes of buildings with over six stories every five years, according to Curbed.
These requirements don’t apply for buildings with six stories or less, but property owners are required to maintain their buildings in a safe condition by code.
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