Man falls through skylight while watching Boston Marathon

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April 18, 2011, 4:15 pm
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(NECN: Eileen Curran, Brookline, Mass.) - A Babson College student is recovering from a four story plunge through a skylight.  The unidentified 22 year old man was with friends on Monday on the roof of an apartment building at 1834 Beacon Street in Brookline, MA.

They were watching the Boston Marathon when he fell through the skylight.  Deric Harwood, a third floor resident of the building said the group started drinking at 8:00am. At 1:30 pm he heard a horrible crash.

      "The noise (was) incredibly loud and scary and you come running out and see glass and debris everywhere.  It was just a horrifying situation," said Harwood.

      Police say the young man plunged down an atrium through the middle of the building.

      "Evidence in the building and in the stairwell indicates he also made contact with banisters," said Brookline police Lt Philip Harrington.

       Neighbor Edward Delorie saw the man being wheeled to the ambulance.
       
     "They had a neck brace on him he looked like he had a head injury in the back of his head," said neighbor Edward Delorie.  "He didn't look too good," he added.

     The student was rushed to Mass General Hospital.  Babson College spokesperson Michael Chmura released this statement:
 
The Babson College student that fell in Brookline is doing well. Babson staff is with him at the hospital where he is being treated for his injuries. He will be kept overnight. If his condition remains the same, he will be released tomorrow. His injuries are non-life threatening.

        Meanwhile, firefighters with long poles helped police remove the remaining shards of glass from the skylight.
        Those at the scene say it's a miracle he survived the fall.

       "What a brutal fall, (there was) blood, his shoe fell off, his beer went sideways," said Harwood.   "It's just a real, real, bad scary scene."

PHOTO COURTESY: DERIC HARWOOD.

Tags: Beacon Street, drinking, Boston Marathon, Eileen Curran, skylight
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