Suicide jumper kills little Busan girl

AFP-JIJI

A 7-year-old South Korean girl was killed instantly after being struck by the body of a man as he plunged from his 10-floor apartment in an apparent suicide, local media reported.

The 40-year-old man jumped from the apartment in the port of Busan on Wednesday evening and hit the daughter of his neighbor who was walking out of the building, SBS TV reported Thursday.

The man, identified by his surname, Jang, died immediately. The girl, who was with her father, was taken to a hospital but was pronounced dead soon after arrival.

Jang had long been treated for mental illness and depression before the accident, SBS quoted an area police official as saying.

South Korea has the highest suicide rate among members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, with an average of 33.5 people per 100,000 taking their lives in 2010.