Student transported to ER after fall

Feb. 15, 2013 @ 06:42 PM

A UNC student appears to have fallen from a building roof or a tree in downtown Chapel Hill.

The student was taken to the UNC Hospitals emergency room early Wednesday morning after someone reported seeing him hit the ground. The incident occurred about 1:55 a.m. at 106 W. Franklin St.

Chapel Hill police did not release the name of the person but identified him as a 19-year-old UNC student.

Police and EMS were called to the area where they found him lying on the ground in front of New York Pizza, said Sgt. Josh Mecimore of the Chapel Hill Police Department.

The 911 caller said the man fell from about 20 feet from a building roof, but the police officers couldn’t determine if he fell from the roof or from a tree in front of the shop, Mecimore said.

A witness saw him land on the ground, but didn’t see where he was before he fell, Mecimore said.

The student was in and out of consciousness, so the officers were not able to ask him about the fall, Mecimore said. An ambulance transported him to the hospital.

The officers believed the student had been using alcohol or drugs, Mecimore said.

Doris Martin, an executive assistant in the Office of the Dean of Students, said Friday morning that she had not heard about the incident, but would check on it. Later, Martin could not be reached for comment.

A UNC student listed as a witness on the police report declined to give information about the incident.