A middle-aged woman was injured this morning after falling from the fire escape outside her family's fifth floor apartment in Manhattan, according to police.
Officials say that Judy Rivera, 58, fell over the edge of the fire escape at her West 16th Street building at around 6:45 a.m. this morning. Rivera, who has five children, reportedly hit a faulty step before she fell; witnesses say she managed to grab onto the side of the fire escape briefly before falling onto the concrete sidewalk four stories below.
“I went to the bathroom and…all I heard was ‘doom, doom, doom,’ three bangs,” her son, Andrew Rivera, told the Post. “I looked out and I saw her head, her hair. I looked closer and I was like, ‘Oh, that’s mom.’”
The NYPD says Rivera was transported to Bellevue Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition and is expected to survive. Though her husband told the Post that it looked as if the fire escape stair "collapsed," and the tabloid's photos of the fire escape show that a step is missing, authorities have not confirmed anything, and no criminality is suspected.