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Man survives 40-foot fall

September 22, 2010 by admin

Thomas A. L. Martino photo - Brookdale Chief of Police William Sanford

By Thomas A.L. Martino

An unidentified 18-year old man miraculously survived a 40-foot fall from the MAS building roof Sept. 1, according to police.

“A couple auto-tech employees found him sitting on a curb (near the auto-technology buildings),” Chief of Police William Sanford said. “He was bloody and obviously injured.”

Two officers were dispatched to the scene at 6:18 p.m. and found the victim incoherent, but alive.

Sanford said the man’s name and a report of the incident would not be released, but that he was not a student at the college.

While the victim was “apprehensive” in telling police why or how he became injured, an investigation by the officers determined the man used a ladder inside the MAS building to gain access to the roof, Sanford said.

He then either fell, or jumped from the point where the MAS and auto technology building roofs meet plunging an estimated 40 feet to the ground below.

“(After the fall) he was able to recover and crawl up the hill to the curb where he was found,” Sanford said. “He had blood all over his face and shirt.”

Paramedics transported the victim to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. Sanford said he believes the victim was treated and released from the hospital a few days later and did not know any further details about his condition.

Police do not know if alcohol or drugs were involved in the incident and are not pursuing any criminal charges in the case, Sanford said.

“Once we found out there was no criminal activity involved, we are pretty much out of the situation,” Sanford said.

While not a common occurrence at the school, Sanford said employees were working to make sure such access to potentially dangerous areas more secure to prevent others from doing the same thing.

During the 35 years the college has been operating, Sanford said he could only remember a couple of similar incidents.

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