Teen leaps from window
November 8, 2006
A teenager who police say was battling depression jumped out of a window on Sunday at one of Main Street’s tallest buildings in what is reported as a suicide attempt.
Mike Fierro, a Park City Police Department detective, says the 18-year-old man jumped through a double-pane glass window on the fifth floor of the Galleria Building, 580 Main St. It is estimated that the window is 40 feet above the ground.
The man jumped around 5 p.m. from a window facing Swede Alley, according to the Police Department. He landed on a patio, Fierro says. On Monday, a window on the east side of the building was boarded up. Fierro says that the window is where the man jumped.
Fierro refuses to identify the man. He says that the man lives in Salt Lake City and was at the Galleria visiting his father at his residence. He attends the University of Utah, Fierro says.
Fierro says the man suffered a broken arm, a fractured pelvis, an ankle injury, cuts and bruises. His injuries are not life threatening, according to the detective.
"It appears he ran and jumped through the window," Fierro says.
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A medical helicopter transported him to the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City. He underwent surgery on Sunday night, Fierro says, but details were not available. Nobody else was injured.
Fierro says another person in the Galleria heard a crash outside, saw the man on the ground and called the police. Fierro says it appears that the man landed on his legs.
Fierro says that the man is expected to remain hospitalized for at least a few weeks. He says that the Police Department is not considering charges against the man but a report will be forwarded to Summit County Attorney David Brickey, whose office will determine whether to file charges.
Fierro says he spoke to the man briefly before he underwent surgery and says he might speak to the man again to clarify details. Fierro, however, says that the police probe determined that the case is an attempted suicide.
The detective says that the man and his father were in the residence. The man was depressed and speaking about suicide before the incident, the police were told. The man does not have a history of drug or alcohol abuse but has been depressed before, according to Fierro.
Fierro says the father tried to convince the son to stay overnight.