Student injured after fall

Cpl. Allen Willmore investigates the scene where Tyler Gravitt, a pre-major freshman from Matteson, fell from a fourth-story window early Friday morning at University Hall. Gravitt was taken to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale and later transferred to a hospital in St. Louis. The Department of Public Safety’s initial investigation concluded that the fall was accidental.
Sarah Gardner- Daily Egyptian

A student fell from a window on University Hall’s fourth floor early Friday morning.

An email sent Friday morning to all SIU students and faculty from Chancellor Rita Cheng stated Tyler Gravitt, a pre-major freshman from Matteson, is in the intensive care unit of a St. Louis hospital. Cheng asked for everyone to support Gravitt and his family.

The email also said the SIU Department of Public Safety’s initial investigation shows the incident was an accident.

Rod Sievers, university spokesman, said Monday he has not received an update on Gravitt’s accident or condition.

Students and Carbondale residents who walked by University Hall early Friday morning noticed multiple police cars, an ambulance and police tape that marked off the north side of the building where Gravitt fell.

University Hall’s bedroom windows do not have screens.

Police and SIU faculty on the scene declined to comment until they are ready to give an official press release.

Sam Liscovitz, a freshman from Crystal Lake studying automotive technology, said he drove to University Hall with his friends late Thursday night to find multiple police cars in the parking lot. Liscovitz said he saw Gravitt taken away on a stretcher with his face

covered. He also said he still feels safe being at SIU despite the incident.

 

SIU Police officer Ezekiel Ray, left, talks with Blake Harsy, a City of Carbondale police officer below the fourth-story window of University Hall from which Tyler Gravitt, a pre-major freshman from Matteson, fell early Friday morning. The Department of Public Safety’s initial investigation concluded that the fall was accidental. Gravitt was taken to Carbondale’s Memorial Hospital and later air-lifted to a St. Louis hospital. –Sarah Gardner | Daily Egyptian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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