Continuing education student injures woman in suicide attempt

Chad Hamblin

A University student attempted suicide June 3 by jumping from the Transportation and Safety Building. He landed on a woman from Eden Prairie, Minn., who was injured.

The 37-year-old College of Continuing Education student remains in serious condition at the surgical intensive care unit at the Hennepin County Medical Center.

According to police reports, witnesses saw the student jump from the third level of the parking ramp at approximately 6 p.m.

Yin Moy and his mother Wai Moy, 75, were walking below the ramp on Union Street when the student jumped, reports stated. According to reports, Moy said he heard a “loud pop,” looked behind him and saw his mother and the student on the ground.

Moy called 911 and waited by his mother until police arrived, according to reports.

When police officers arrived, a crowd of about 15 people had accumulated around the two injured people, reports stated.

Police found the student face-down on the west side of the parking ramp with blood coming from his head, according to the reports. He also suffered from broken hands and a broken arm.

The student was unresponsive when police tried to talk with him, according to reports.

Wai Moy suffered a baseball-sized lump on her head and was able to talk to rescue workers.

According to police reports, the woman and the student were taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center emergency room.

Hennepin County Medical Center staff found a suicide note in the student’s pocket, reports stated.

University Deputy Police Chief Steve Johnson said it was a tragic situation.

“It’s too bad this person couldn’t have gotten help prior to this attempt,” he said. “I’m thankful that the pedestrian he landed on only had minor injuries.”

Jerry Rinehart, associate vice provost for student affairs, said he wanted to express his condolences to the student’s friends and family.

“We do our best to try and make students aware of the counseling and support services available, and we are not always successful in reaching the students at the time they need it,” he said.

Johnson said he is unsure whether the student will face charges for Wai Moy’s injuries.

Yin Moy declined to comment.

Driving while intoxicated

Police arrested an Eden Prairie, Minn., woman on the morning of June 9 for driving while intoxicated after she hit five cars in the University of Minnesota Transportation and Safety Building.

Police took her into custody after she crashed her vehicle into the parking structure while trying to exit, Johnson said.

Police found empty bottles of diazepam and propanolol inside the woman’s vehicle, according to police reports.

The woman told police she was a “bad” dental patient and needed to take “lots of pills” before her appointment, Johnson said.

Boynton staff pharmacist Mary Morton said diazepam is a generic valium often used to relax anxiety. Propanolol, she said, is often used to slow heart rate and relax performance anxiety.

Morton said the drugs can cause drowsiness, and the bottles generally carry statements warning consumers against driving after taking the medication.

Johnson said the woman did not drink any alcohol before the accident.

“Your driving behavior can be influenced by many things other than alcohol,” he said.

Johnson said police are waiting for her blood-test results before formally charging her.

Fire extinguisher prank

Police responded to a fire alarm at Willey Hall on the night of June 8 and found an empty fire extinguisher with its contents covering the floor, walls and furniture.

“We have had this happen before in various buildings,” Johnson said. “It’s obviously some kind of prank.”

Police took pictures of a possible suspect’s footprints around the used fire extinguisher, according to police reports.

“People should know it’s an inconvenience, costly and puts a fire extinguisher out of use when it could potentially be needed,” Johnson said.

West Bank fight

Police arrested a Long Lake, Minn., resident for assault on the West Bank early Sunday.

A police officer was flagged down during the fight, according to police reports.

“Officers attempted to talk with the suspect,” Johnson said. “He swore at them and began to fight.”

Johnson said there was another person involved in the fight who ran from police.

The two victims of the assault were sent to Hennepin County Medical Center.