Woman who fell from U of M dorm identified

3:41 PM, Sep 9, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - A 19-year-old Minneapolis woman died after falling from a University of Minnesota dormitory on Saturday afternoon.

U of M police said that Stephanie Lehr fell from a sixth-floor window at Yudof Hall at about 4:30 p.m., while visiting a friend. She is not a U of M student.

Deputy Chief Chuck Miner calls the tragedy a rare, accidental fall.

"Officers found a screen removed from the window. The window is not designed to be exited in this manner," said Miner.

Lehr died at Hennepin County Medical Center Sunday morning. Earlier on Sunday, the U of M released this statement.

"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."

Students living in residence halls received an email about Lehr's death and resources for counseling if needed.

"I think it's just obviously a mistake. People sometimes aren't thinking something like this could happen to them or their friends. People forget to be careful, I think," said student Lauren Cutshall, who lives in a nearby residence hall.

U of M police said that alcohol was found in the dorm room, but it is not clear if alcohol played a role in the accident.  Miner said another person was in the room and witnessed the fall. The U of M may consider a security review of the building in the future.

Hennepin County will perform an autopsy and toxicology report.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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