Witness to Fan rooftop fall tells her story

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Marisa Marklevitz is a night owl, so she was wide awake at 3 a.m. when a men fell just outside of her window of her apartment in the Fan. It was an experience she won't soon forget.

"I just heard a big crash," she said.

Marklevitz came outside to find the victim a 21-year-old man who fell from three stories while trying to jump from the roof of one house to another. She found him lying in the alley between the buildings.

"She (the 911 operator) said turn him on his back and make sure that his head is stable and whatever," said Marklevitz.

The 911 operator talked Marklevitz through the process of keeping the victim, an unidentified 21-year-old, as stable as possible until emergency crews arrived. That included the gruesome task of clearing his mouth and nose of blood that was building up from his injuries.

"I just grabbed everything in his nose and mouth and pulled it all out," said Marklevitz.

From there, she listened to make sure he was still alive.

"And she's telling me to tell her when he's breathing, like every breath that he is taking and I was just doing that and doing that until the EMTS came," she said.

Marklevitz now waits to learn about the young man's recovery, wishing he and his friends had made a better choice about how to spend their evening.

"Everybody goes out drinking and makes dumb decisions," she said. "It just sucks that it had to be an almost fatal or possibly fatal decision."

Fire crews have described the accident as an "alcohol-fueled" stunt. They say the victim fell 40 feet to the ground.

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