It wasn’t a sight that anyone should see, but for some disturbing reason when an investment banker jumped to his death off a Manhattan high-rise, the cameras came out. The instant mangling of a human being intrigued a bus full of picture-taking tourists who emptied the bus to get a close-up of the scene. The man jumped off Ocean 1 West, which is a luxury apartment building for well-to-do New Yorkers.
It was about 11 a.m. and the sidewalks were bustling with New Yorkers and tourists when this horror scene was unleashed from above. The man jumped from the building and hit a railing bordering Battery Place the underpass that leads to FDR Drive. One cop described the man hitting the guardrail as the “body exploded,” according to Scallywag and Vagabond on May 29.
The force of the impact on this man’s body sent blood spattering on everyone in the vicinity. According to Scallywag and Vagabond this man came crashing down and slamming into the railing, “leaving stunned onlookers covered in blood.” A manager of a nearby parking garage, Hans Peler, said “There were body parts all over the place.” He pointed out that one of his employees was splashed with the man’s blood and he had to be sent home to change. He said his employee was very upset over witnessing the scene.
Mario Mroczkowski said that “the impact was so bad that the man’s body was left in pieces.” One of the more disturbing sights was a tourist bus that was stuck in traffic emptying out and making a mad dash toward the man’s remains. Witnesses describe this group as making their way to the man’s remains with their cell phone cameras clicking away at the gruesome sidewalk scene. This was someone’s son, possibly someone’s sibling or spouse. The sadness of this man’s death should not have been a tourist attraction.
Conflicting stories have the man jumping from the 18th floor with at least one witness saying he saw the man jump from the roof of the 31-story Ocean 1 West building. Police knew who the man was, but they did not immediately identify him for the media. Fox News is reporting that the 29-year-old man jumped from the 24th floor of the apartment building where he lived. Fox describes a gruesome scene as the man’s body became “mangled” when it hit the guardrail.
The Daily Mail has identified the deceased man as 29-year-old Thomas J. Hughes, who lived in the apartment building that he jumped from. They report that he jumped Friday a little before 11 a.m. from the 24th floor.
He is from a wealthy family in Westchester County. Sources report that the young banker had made several earlier attempts that morning to kill himself including cutting his wrists. Other than that all that is known was that he was a self-made business man and he had just returned home from a trip to the Bahamas.