A guest at the W Hotel's rooftop bar told ABC7 on Thursday that staff told guests that the woman who fell to her death late Wednesday night had jumped after an incident at the bar.
Around 11 p.m., the woman, identified as 47-year-old Stephanie Huebner of Alexandria, landed on a sidewalk about 30 yards away from the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 15 Street Northwest.
One hotel guest who didn’t want to be identified said a couple of people tried to help the woman, telling her “don’t do it.”
“We saw a woman who had climbed over the rail and at this point was hanging from the railing of the balcony of the 10th floor and she looked down and then up at everybody and then she just let go,” the guest described.
"They told us that a girl had jumped off the roof and apparently it had something to do with some sort of incident that happened in the bar," Matthew Goldstein, who went up to the bar minutes after the incident, said.
Another eyewitness said it seemed the woman was by herself.
The historic hotel is located a block from the White House, and has a rooftop restaurant and bar. Two long-stemmed roses sit as a memorial outside the hotel.
Witnesses tell ABC7 News that the woman was drinking on the rooftop patio when she climbed over the railing and began dangling onto an overhang before she fell 10 stories.
She was pronounced dead when emergency personnel arrived, D.C. Fire reports.
"It's not something that you slip off of," Goldstein said. "You have to climb over it."
The W Hotel has not commented on the incident, nor would they say whether the woman was an employee, overnight guest or a bar patron.