In a tragic accident an 86-year-old woman fell to her death from her 10th-floor window as she struggled to close it.
Police and witnesses said that the elderly woman, whose identity was not immediately released, was closing the window inside her apartment on Ocean Parkway not far from Cortelyou Road when she suddenly plunged out the window and down to the sidewalk 10 stories below.
The doorman of the building discovered the body after a tenant informed him that there was a woman asleep in the front garden of the building. The woman died at the scene of the accident.
"She was an old woman - so sweet and always happy," said neighbor Yvonne Giudice. "She would smile all the time."
The woman lived together with her husband, daughter and grandchildren in the apartment.
"I cried when I first heard the news," Giudice said. "I just couldn't believe it."
The woman was well known for her kindness and lovely temperament.
"She was a sweet lady," said one neighbor, who declined to give her name. "She was just a beautiful lady."