A San Diego woman was killed in a freak accident after a man fell from a nine-story parking deck and landed on top of her.
Taylor Kahle, 29, was walking with a friend on 10th Avenue and J Street when the man fell from the building and landed on her as she walked on the sidewalk below, the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office said in a press release.
The man has not yet been identified, but he is thought to have been in his 20s or 30s. Witnesses saw him “hanging from the outside railing” of the deck before the accident. He died at a local hospital less than an hour later. His death was ruled a suicide.
Kahle was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Kahle was a senior event manager at McFarlane Promotions, where she’d started as an intern eight years ago, her boss, Laurel McFarlane, said on Facebook.
McFarlane told CBS/CW affiliate KFMB that Kahle was spending the day on a second date with a man she’d met online. They had gone to the zoo and had dinner together.
“I just want people to know she is an incredible person,” McFarlane said. “This tragedy does not define her.”
Kahle was also the proud owner of two rescue dogs, Roo and Stella. She was very close to her father, with whom she’d spent the last year due to COVID, according to McFarlane’s Facebook post.
“Everyone aspires to have a relationship like he had with his daughter,” McFarlane wrote. “He wanted people to know she was an incredible daughter and she loved her dad with passion. She took care of him and he took care of her.”
“She always referred to me as her second mom because her mom passed away. I have one daughter and if my daughter ends up like her, I’ll be very proud,” McFarlane said.
Kahle’s death came just one week before her 30th birthday. She had planned to celebrate with a wine-tasting trip with friends. Her dad was going to be the driver.
“She lived life with zest and always pushed herself beyond her comfort zone to lead the best life she could,” McFarlane wrote. “Not only did she gain incredible strength over the past eight years, she surpassed her mentor. I would sit in awe of her incredibly bravery and fearless choices. She was only in her 20s, but I was so excited to see what she could accomplish over the next decade of her life.”
She also added that Kahle was an organ donor and her donations will save multiple lives.