MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 19-year-old woman who died after falling out of a sixth floor window at the University of Minnesota has been identified.
According to police, the victim fell from a window at Yudof Hall trying to access a non-public rooftop at around 4:30 p.m. Saturday. She was rushed to the Hennepin County Medical Center, but died early Sunday morning.
On Sunday evening, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner identified the victim as Stephanie Ann Lehr of Minneapolis. She died from multiple blunt force injuries due to the fall.
School officials say Lehr was not a university student, but had been visiting the Twin Cities campus on Saturday.
Lehr’s friend, who has not been identified, witnessed the fall. She has since been relocated to another room.
The following statement, from the University of Minnesota, was released on Sunday:
“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.”
Police are calling the incident an accidental fall.
University Police Deputy Chief Chuck Miner says there was alcohol in the room, but it is unclear if either of the girls were intoxicated.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this young lady, obviously a very tragic death at a very young age,” Miner said.