A 24 year old man died trying to save a suicidal teen who wanted to jump from the 14th floor of a dormitory at the University of Hawaii.
Thomas Bennett wanted to save a 19 year old man who was going to jump off the ledge of a dorm room. It seems that somehow both men fell off the building and landed on the ground. They were taken to the hospital, where Bennett was pronounced dead, while the 19 year old man was in critical condition.
Hospital officials said the cause of Bennett’s death was multiple blunt trauma. They believe that his death was an accident and are currently running toxicology tests.
The man died trying to save a suicidal teen that has not yet been identified. It turns out that the two men weren’t students at the University of Hawaii. They were actually just visiting a student in the dorm.
A university spokesman said the incident was a terrible tragedy, even though the two men were not students. Moreover, he described it as “the last thing we want to happen on our campus”.
The University will further investigate whether any student codes were violated, especially the part that prohibits alcohol in dorms if the students are younger than 21.
Even though there are no clues to indicate that there was any alcohol in the room at the time when the tragedy happened, university officials do not exclude the possibility of the two men being under the influence of alcohol when the incident occurred.
The dorms were pretty much deserted, as the fall semester has not started yet and most students left the dorm because they were on a break. Still, the students that used to live in the room where the incident happened have been put up to date about the unfortunate event.
The 2-bedroom apartment where the incident happened is currently empty, but university officials assume that the 4 students who lived there will return when classes start again. They will be able to occupy the same room if they wish. Otherwise, the room will remain vacant for some time.
There is also a possibility that one or two of the students who occupied the room were actually there when the tragedy happened, according to a university spokesman.
In order to prevent accidents in the future, the University of Hawaii is planning to renovate the dorms and include some window safety updates that will be made as soon as possible.
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