UI Hospitals and Clinics patient falls to death

BY HOLLY HINES | JULY 28, 2009 7:07 AM

A patient at the UI Hospitals and Clinics fell to his death from a nearby parking ramp Monday.

Hospital ramp 4 is located near the UIHC Pappajohn Pavilion, which houses the psychiatry, psychology, and neurology departments at the hospital, among others.

UI police received reports of an injured man at around 3:20 p.m., according to a press release from UI spokesman Tom Moore.

Brian Meyer, a UI police officer, said officials were investigating the incident but declined further comment.

A recent UI graduate, who gave only a first name, Jordan, said he heard the man’s fall. A loud sound startled him while he was working a shift at the ramp toll booth.

“I didn’t think twice about it, then a bunch of ambulances showed up,” he said.

Police remained gathered around the area after they arrived, the eyewitness said. Officers, hospital officials, and others involved in the investigation convened outside the ramp.

Several surrounding areas were blocked off with yellow police tape, and officers were stationed around the ramp to keep people away from the scene.

Details surrounding the nature of the man’s fall are unclear, and the man’s name is being withheld, according to the press release.

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