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May 05, 2016

Woman injured by teen falling from eighth-floor window ledge files suit

Lawsuit claims the plantiff suffered “physically, emotionally and financially” from Center City incident

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Rebecca Kim, 18, fell from a window of this building in the 1500 block of Chestnut Street in Center City, Philadelphia, in January 2015.

A 45-year-old Lansdowne woman who was severely injured when a Temple University student landed on her after a fatal fall from an eighth-floor Center City apartment building window ledge has filed a lawsuit related to her injuries, reports.

The plaintiff, Erica Goodwin, and her lawyer claim in the suit that she has suffered “physically, emotionally and financially” from the incident, which occurred back in January 2015 when then-Temple University student Rebecca Kim, 18, fell on her to her death from an eighth-floor window ledge at 1530 Chestnut St., striking Goodwin who was on the sidewalk.

Goodwin's physical injuries, according to, included seven spinal-cord fractures and subsequent spinal-fusion surgery, broken ribs, a fractured shoulder bone, and damaged teeth.

Kim’s death was ruled a suicide by the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office.

The building from which she jumped was, at the time, rented by some of Kim's friends who were students at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, according to the article. It notes the property was maintained by the Art Institute of Philadelphia, managed by Cross Properties Realty of Bala Cynwyd, and owned by 1530 Chestnut Street Associates.

In the lawsuit, the teen's estate, the property companies, the Art Institute of Philadelphia and the students who lived in the apartment are named as defendants.

"The defendants 'were aware or should have been aware that students often opened the windows . . . and would throw objects from the windows or partake in other dangerous and unsafe behaviors,' the suit says. Despite this knowledge, defendants failed to take corrective action to prevent injury to others'."

The defendants declined to comment to citing ongoing litigation.

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