The Big, Self-Absorbed Apple

Recently, a man did what so many people who find themselves in New York City feel like doing: he tried to kill himself. Tom Magill jumped from the roof of a 39-story building and plunged to earth, where his fall was stopped by a Dodge Charger. The car was totaled but Magill wasn’t. Though badly hurt, he should survive.

Crushed Dodge Charger
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The survival of my own faith in humanity, however, is more in question:

“I want to meet him and say, ‘Why? Why my car out of all the cars in the city?’…I wonder how he feels now that he made it. Does he feel like an idiot?”

These were comments from Maria McCormack, the unfortunate owner of the car which saved Magill’s life. While she’s actually from New Jersey, McCormack exhibits exactly the kind of sensitivity and caring one would expect from a native New Yorker. With compassion like this, it’s no wonder so many people are leaving the city.