Window washer dies after falling from downtown San Diego building

Posted at 10:46 AM, Jun 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-13 08:23:11-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The Medical Examiner identified a man who fell to his death while cleaning windows at a downtown San Diego building as a 61-year-old James Stinson of Jamul.

"My dad has been high-rise window washing since he was about 17 years old," Stinson's daughter, Ali, said. "I'm still in shock. It doesn't feel real."

Stinson was an employee of Barry's Window Cleaning. 10News reached out to the business for comment but has not heard back.

San Diego police responded to a report of a person falling from a building at 1160 J Street shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday. Police said there were conflicting reports whether the man fell from eight stories or five stories.

Police said the victim was transported UC San Diego Medical Center where he died from his injuries. Details on what led to his fall were not immediately available.

A GoFundMe account has been established to help the family with funeral costs and other expenses.

Cal/OSHA is investigating the incident as well. In a statement to 10News, the agency said their investigation could take three to six months.

"Cal/OSHA is investigating and has six months to issue citations for any violations of workplace safety regulations," the statement read.

The building is located across the street from the San Diego Central Library.