View from a 6th floor room, four doors from the incident
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -
A 19-year-old visiting a friend at the University of Minnesota died Sunday after falling from the sixth-floor window of a residence hall on Saturday, campus police reported.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office identified the victim as Stephanie Lehr of Minneapolis.
Police received a call at 4:38 p.m. on Saturday that Lehr had fallen from a window of Yudof Hall, located at 220 Delaware Street SE. According to police, it appeared she removed a screen from the window and was attempting to walk on a roof ledge and possibly tripped.
Lehr was visiting a student who lived in the room where the incident occurred. The room's resident was not in the room at the time of the incident and has been moved to another room. The fall occurred on the south side, or rear, of the dorm that holds 421 students including freshmen and upperclassmen.
Lehr was brought to Hennepin County Medical Center where she was pronounced dead on Sunday morning at 2 a.m.
University of Minnesota police spokesman Chuck Tombarge said the fall appeared to be accidental. A toxicology report is underway to determine if alcohol or drugs were involved.
The University of Minnesota released the following statement Sunday afternoon:
"The University of Minnesota community is deeply saddened by the news of a young woman who fell from an upper floor in Yudof Hall during a visit to the Twin Cities campus on Saturday. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. A tragic accident such as this is especially heartbreaking as we begin the school year. We hope students will use this as a reminder to be protective and caring of their friends and classmates."
"University Police continue to look into the circumstances surrounding this terrible accident. We ask that the privacy of those involved be respected in this time of sadness."