A 19-year-old Sonoma State University student was in stable condition Sunday after falling three stories from a Rohnert Park apartment building, the city's Department of Public Safety reported.
Public safety officers reported that the fall appeared to be an accident that happened after a night of alcohol consumption. They have ruled out any foul play.
The student, Tyler Glenn, originally of Galt, Calif., suffered a serious head injury in the fall, which happened outside his unit at the Allegro Student Apartments at 8025 Beverly Drive, the department reported.
Rohnert Park Public Safety Sgt. Jeff Nicks said Glenn had climbed over a wooden railing outside the apartment when the wooden slats he was holding onto broke. He fell an estimated 20 feet and struck his head on pavement, Nicks said.
Glenn's roommate, who was standing outside at the time, made the 12:50 a.m. emergency call. Glenn was semi-conscious when police and fire personnel arrived. They administered first aid on scene before paramedics took Glenn to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.
Nicks said he later spoke with Glenn at the hospital and that the teenager had admitted to drinking on Saturday night and to having climbed over the railing at his apartment of his own will. His motivation for doing so was still not clear, Nicks said.
"What he told me was that the wood came loose and that he fell," Nicks said. Evidence at the scene included two missing slats on the railing outside Glenn's apartment and pieces of wood on the ground below.
A news release from the public safety department attributed the incident to "horseplay and alcohol use."
"At this point we see absolutely no evidence of foul play," Nicks said. "It was a preventable accident."
No toxicology tests for alcohol have been ordered, he said.
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