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Stephanie Lehr, 19, dies after falling six floors from U of M dorm building

Lehr fell while trying to travel between the highlighted window and the rooftop ledge just below.
Lehr fell while trying to travel between the highlighted window and the rooftop ledge just below.
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Around 4:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, 19-year-old Stephanie Lehr fell from the sixth floor of the University of Minnesota's Yudof Hall dorm building to the ground below. She was reportedly conscious when first responders arrived at the scene, but died from her injuries yesterday morning.

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Lehr, a Minneapolis resident, wasn't a student at the U, but she was visiting a friend who is. Authorities say she was likely trying to get from her friend's dorm room window to a nearby rooftop ledge when she accidentally fell nearly 100 feet to a courtyard below. (At this point, however, it's unclear whether she was traveling from the window to the ledge or from the ledge back through the window to the dorm when she fell.)

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner listed Lehr's cause of death as multiple blunt force injuries due to the fall.

Police say alcohol was found in the dorm room, but at this point it's unclear whether intoxication played a role in Lehr's death. They also say they've never heard of students removing screens from dorm windows to access rooftop areas in buildings like Yudof.

There was no need for Lehr to risk her life by trying to jump from the window to the rooftop, as the ledge is accessible from a door on the sixth floor of the building, the Star Tribune reports.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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