You might have heard of many freak accidents, but the story of this Canadian lawyer really takes the cake.
Poor Garry Hoy fell to his death while trying to demonstrate how strong the windows in his 24-floor office were.
He’d done that many times before, until one day the window gave way. You may be excused if you’ve never heard the term ‘self-defenestration’ before as nobody really does that sort of thing.
People who drop out of the window either commit suicide or, in some cases, are pushed to their death.
Garry Hoy earned himself a page on Wikipedia for being the guy who managed to defenestrate himself.
A 24-Floor Plunge To An Instant Death
The tragic accident happened on July 9, 1993, when 38-year old Garry Hoy was giving a tour of his law-firm to a group of law students interested in an internship at the Toronto-based Holden Day Wilson LLP, where he worked as a corporate and securities lawyer.
Garry Hoy was not crazy if that’s what you think. He was, in fact, a highly-respected lawyer with a bright future ahead of him.
The thing with throwing himself against the window was simply a trick he’d discovered some years ago.
It was fun to watch the people’s reaction when they saw him slamming his massive frame, he was a 160-pound man, against the window.
A great trick to relieve some tension and make people laugh.
On that fateful day, Garry Hoy was his usual funny self, joking around with the students while he tried to convince them to do an internship at the company.
At one point, to the complete amazement of the students, the respected lawyer suddenly slammed himself against the window and bounced back laughing.