Woman killed by suicide jumper

A woman in Hong Kong was killed Wednesday morning when a woman committing suicide by jumping from a building landed on top of her, police said.

The woman was walking along the street in the city’s Chai Wan district when another woman threw herself from a high-rise apartment block above her.

The woman who jumped was certified dead at the scene while the other woman, understood to be a foreign domestic helper, was seriously injured and died later in hospital, a police spokeswoman said. The identities of the two women were not immediately available.

Jumping from high buildings is the most common method of suicide in high-rise Hong Kong, where an average of around three people a day take their own lives.

In December 2010, a 59-year-old man jumped to his death from a 19th-floor flat and landed on a 68-year-old man, killing him.

The following December, a Hong Kong policeman was seriously injured when a suicidal 81-year-old woman landed on top of him. The woman survived.