Woman Upset Her Car Ruined in Failed Suicide Attempt

NY Post is apparently out to embarrass non-public figure Maria McCormack with its story "Dodge Charger owner upset vehicle crushed by suicidal fall."

NY Post is apparently out to embarrass non-public figure Maria McCormack with its story “Dodge Charger owner upset vehicle crushed by suicidal fall.”

A New Jersey woman is devastated that her precious sports car — just repaired and fully gassed up — was wrecked by a suicidal man’s 40-story attempted death leap on the Upper West Side.

“I miss it. It’s my baby,” moaned Maria McCormack, who regrets lending her husband the 2008 Dodge Charger Tuesday for work. “I want to meet [Tom Magill] and say, ‘Why? Why my car out of all the cars in the city?'”

McCormack’s husband, Guy, had the $14,000 muscle car parked behind 75 West End Ave. when Magill soared from 400 feet and landed on the rear windshield and trunk.

The vehicle broke his 126-mph fall and likely saved his life — but it killed the car, which was so extensively damaged that the insurance company will total it out.

“I wonder how he feels now that he made it. Does he feel like an idiot?” said Maria. “I hope he’s OK. But I just want to know why.”

The 42-year-old mother of four from Old Bridge recently spent hundreds of dollars fixing the rear brakes — and she says she got an oil change and filled it with gas just the day before the blazing red car was crushed like a tomato can.

“I was going to get the front brakes done . . . but thank God I had a migraine!” she said. “I can’t believe my car is gone.

“I’ve had other cars, but I really loved this car.”

Now, my immediate reaction to this is to recall Toby Keith’s classic “I Love This Bar” and, in particular, this stanza:

I like my truck
I like my girlfriend
I like to take her out to dinner
I like a movie now and then
But I love this bar

But the blogospheric reaction is summed up by the Weasel Zippers headline “Selfish Bitch Upset That A Man (Attempting To Take His Life By Jumping Off A Building) Landed On/Totalled Her Sports Car” and the Village Voice headline “Dodge Charger Owner Bemoans Cruel Fate that Led Suicide Jumper to Land on Her Car.”

Granting that my own reaction would likely have been quite different, it strikes me that she’s perfectly entitled to her own reaction.  She didn’t know Magill from Adam.  And he was in fact trying to kill himself.  But his selfish, desperate act caused her real distress.

For most of us, that distress would have been dealing with the emotional trauma of some stranger nearly killing himself on our car.   But, presumably, she’s going to suffer a real loss here. The car may well have been her main solace in an otherwise crappy life and, at best, she’s going to have to do without it for some significant time, find a suitable replacement, and likely pay a large deductible. All because of the callous action of some stranger.

She’s entitled to be upset.

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Comments

  1. These are the people of my home state, apparently.

    In addition to the Toby Keith song, this also reminds me of a Seinfeld episode…..

  2. Actually, the deductible is probably going to be pretty low since this would be covered under comprehensive rather than collision.

  3. sam says:

    I think Mr. Zippers might consult a lawyer, that seems to border on libel.

  4. I can’t remember who I heard it from but suicide is the highest form of selfishness.

  5. DavidL says:

    Evidently Mr. Magill does not know how to use a bridge.  Truly a shame.

  6. Ben says:

    She has a right to be pissed.  Committing suicide by jumping off a building is extremely selfish and dangerous to others.  He could have landed on another person and killed them.  If you want to kill yourself, blow your damn head off.

  7. Franklin says:

    I think Mr. Zippers might consult a lawyer, that seems to border on libel.
    While I vehemently disagree with him, I don’t see in what way it could possibly be libel.  Unless one is taking ‘bitch’ to be very literal, as in claiming she is a female dog.