Student dead, another hurt in fall from third-floor dorm window
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Two students horsing around in a college dormitory crashed through a third-floor window early Friday and fell onto the concrete below, school officials said. One was killed, and the other was hospitalized.Investigators do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved, University of North Carolina spokeswoman Lisa Katz said.The two young men were “just running, horsing around, playing,” and went through a window at the end of a hallway, she said. Officials said the window had double-pane security glass with wire mesh. Its ledge was about 2 1/2 feet above the floor.Keith Shawn Smith, a 20-year-old sophomore from Greensboro, died at a hospital. Tyler Joseph Ely Downey, a 19-year-old freshman from Asheville, was in fair condition.Details of their injuries were not released.In 1995, an 18-year-old UNC freshman fell to her death while climbing to the roof of a classroom building before dawn. Police said she was drunk, and a bartender was later convicted of selling alcohol to her hours before her death.
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