Dallas Student’s Fall From Texas Tech Parking Garage Ruled Suicide

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — The Lubbock County medical examiner says the death of a Texas Tech student who fell from the upper levels of an 11-story parking garage was a suicide.

Lubbock police have said 19-year-old Mason Vanstory from Dallas died after the Sept. 25 fall.

The Feb. 1 autopsy report says the freshman had a blood alcohol level of .144 percent. The legal limit is .08. The report concludes Vanstory died from multiple blunt force injuries resulting from the fall.

The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports that a police spokesman confirmed the cause of death was suicide and said that is the only information he has to release.

Tech students can purchase permits to park in the RaiderPark parking garage during the week. Permits also are sold for Tech football game days.

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One Comment

  1. susan says:

    oh..how awful for his family..alcohol brings out the sadness if you are already headed that direction..when i went to tech they didnt have parking garages, even for the dorms or stadium, but that was many years ago..

    1. Dave Davey says:

      sue – When you went to Tech were you looking for a tall garage to jump off of?

  2. NiteNurse says:

    People who commit suicide usually drink to get the courage to commit the act so it’s not uncommon to find a large level of alcohol in their blood. It doesn’t always mean they suffered from that problem. Depression in young adults is very common especially in freshman who may be having difficulty adjusting to their new life. If you have a child who starts college even if they stay at home parents need to frequently check on them to see if they are adjusting well and get them help if they aren’t.

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