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By Miriam Raftery

June 21, 2018 (Jamul) – James Stinson, 61, of Jamul has been identified as the window washer who fell at least five stories to his death on the morning of June 12th in downtown San Diego.  He was washing windows at a condominium complex at 1150 J Street when he rappelled off the building and fell to the ground below.

A witness called 911 and paramedics responded, initiating advanced cardiac life support.  Stinson was rushed to UCSD Medical Center, where despite advanced lifesaving efforts, medical personnel were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead in the trauma bay of multiple blunt force injuries.

Stinson had been washing windows for over 44 years, his daughter told NBC 7.  San Diego Police and Cal-OSHA are investigating how the tragedy occurred.

“I don't know what to do without him,” Stinson’s daughter Ali, now a mother of two, said. “It just shows we have no control and we can't predict anything. I just feel so incredibly lucky to have been his daughter.”

His employer, Barry’s Window Washing, had been fined for 10 safety violations in 2014.

Cause of Death/Updated CoD

Multiple blunt force injuries

Contributing Conditions




Investigating Agency

San Diego Police

Next of kin notified



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