Man dies in fall from Downtown parking structure
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A man died Monday when he fell from a multi-story parking structure at Civic Center Plaza, where members of the Occupy San Diego protest campaign have been staging an open-ended rally since last week.
The fatal fall at the municipal courtyard next to City Hall occurred about 3:15 p.m., according to police. Medics pronounced the 42-year-old victim dead at the scene. His name was withheld pending notification of his family.
North Park resident Susan Smith, 64, an attendee at the demonstration against perceived political corruption and corporate greed, said she caught a peripheral glimpse of the victim dropping toward a walkway near Downtown Johnny Brown's restaurant, then disappearing behind some trees.
“The sound when (he) hit the ground was horrible,” said Smith. “It was just horrible. I'll never forget that sound.”
Kali Katt, a spokeswoman for Occupy San Diego, released a statement in which the group expressed regret for the death, asserting, “Any loss of life is tragic.”
Police closed the walkway and part of the 11-story parking structure while investigating the death. It was not immediately clear if the fall was an accident or a suicide, SDPD Detective Gary Hassen said.