Woman dies after fall from Yudof window

The 19-year-old woman was not a University of Minnesota student.

by Marion Renault

A woman died Sunday morning after falling from a sixth-story window at Yudof Hall on Saturday.

Stephanie Lehr, 19, was not a University student, University police Deputy Chief Chuck Miner said. Lehr was visiting the residence hall when she fell from the window.

Emergency services responded to a call made from the hall at 4:38 p.m. Saturday. The Hennepin County Crime Lab Unit was also on the scene. Lehr was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where she died from her injuries Sunday morning, according to a press release.

The screen to the window had been removed, and Miner said Lehr seemingly fell trying to access a nearby rooftop.

“All indications are that this was an accident,” Miner said.

Lehr landed in a courtyard area on the south side of Yudof. There was at least one eyewitness, Miner said.

Though the police found alcohol in the room during their investigation, Miner said, it’s unclear if it played a role in Lehr’s death.

An autopsy is being completed by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office, and University police are investigating Lehr’s death.

This is the school year’s first major accident, Miner said. He said he cannot remember any other unintentional, lethal falls on campus in recent years.

Roberto Barrientos, an economics and actuarial science junior, is the next-door neighbor of the Yudof resident whom Lehr was visiting.

Barrientos said he was home at the time of the accident, but didn’t know anything had happened until the police came and questioned him for their investigation.

“Obviously we take the safety and security of all visitors to campus whether they are students or not very seriously, and our thoughts go out to the friends and family of this young lady,” Miner said.