Man hurt after leaping off VCU Medical Center parking deck

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RICHMOND, Va. --VCU Police won't say how far up a downtown parking deck a man was Friday, before he jumped.

One witness told me off-camera that on his way down the man hit tree branches, which may be what saved his life.

Police were looking closely at that tree, which reaches to about the third floor of the patient and visitor parking deck on Duval and 13th street.

"Breathtaking,” said Jill Graham, who had parked in the visitors’ deck.  “I can't understand why someone would do that.  Maybe they got bad news from their visit."

Around 4 p.m. Friday afternoon, police were called about a man that had jumped off the deck.

Eyewitnesses told me off-camera, that the man was rushed to VCU Medical Center a block away and that the tree helped break his fall.  Sources told CBS-6 that a maintenance man happened to be covering for the parking deck attendant who had to use the restroom, and witnessed the man hitting the ground.

It's unclear if the man was a patient or someone visiting the hospital.  VCU Police say they're investigating.

Graham was in the visitor deck after taking her mom to an appointment, and said police will have technology as well as witnesses to lean on to complete their investigation. "There are cameras everywhere in there, so if it happened like that it will be on video," Graham said.

We don't know the extent of the man’s injuries, but police confirm-they were not life threatening.

4 comments

  • Slawson

    Not to discredit this individual’s personal circumstance. The following was a gal I worked with in Richmond, VA – she stepped off the parking deck of Bank of America, Richmond Virginia, Cary Street. I see many posts . . . Yay or Nay!!! People!!! Please do not make jokes about stuff like this. My hope is no one ever has to experience suicide. (my son’s father – suicide by gun shot 01/08/10.) The beginning of my journey . . . This gal is a former co-worker – Toiya. Have a certain degree (at least) for respect please.

    CASTLEMAN
    Toiya Dee Castleman, age 34, of Richmond, formerly of Denver, Colo., died April 25, 2001. She is survived by her husband, Raymond Tademy Jr. of Richmond; parents, Frank and Jacqueline Castleman of Denver; one brother, Rodney Castleman of Woodbridge, Va.; two sisters, Cherilynn Castleman and Darnell Slaughter, both of Denver; and six nieces. Toiya was a member of the law firm McCandlish Kaine in Richmond. She received her J.D. from Howard University School of Law and was a member of the Howard Law Journal. She also studied international law at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. Ms. Castleman was licensed to practice law in Virginia and New York, and was a member of the Virginia Bar Association, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the Richmond Bar Association, and the Virginia Women Attorneys Association. Among her many community involvements, Ms. Castleman worked to raise awareness of clinical depression and acted as an advocate for African-American children in foster care awaiting for adoptive homes. A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 4, 2001, at 6 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 1000 Blanton Avenue. The service will be followed by a reception for anyone who would like to share in a celebration of Toiya’s friendship. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Virginia One Church One Child, P.O. Box 25443, Richmond, Va. 23220.

  • Ricardo

    Info missing from the article: It was from the top floor, I’m amazed and greatful the man survived. I think the man was a patient, but won’t soeculate further.

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