Student’s 4-Story Fatal Fall in Rolando Ruled Accidental: ME

Untyuan Smith, 25, a San Diego resident and student, fell approximately 40 feet from an apartment in February.

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The death of a man who fell four stories to his death from a Rolando apartment has been ruled an accident, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's report. 

Untyuan Smith, 25, a San Diego resident and student, fell approximately 40 feet from the apartment on the 4600 block of 63rd street on Saturday, Feb. 4, San Diego police (SDPD) said. Smith was rushed to a local hospital and died shortly thereafter.

Due to the nature of the man's death, considered to be suspicious, SDPD's homicide unit launched an investigation. 

In the Medical Examiner's report, SDPD Homicide Detective Tim Radtke said that Smith was at his girlfriend's apartment when officers arrived to evict her. 

As officers spoke to his girlfriend, Smith went out onto the balcony to avoid problems with law enforcement, Radtke reported. At the time, he was intoxicated. 

He began to climb down from the apartment, and in doing so, slipped and fell, Radtke said. 

The Medical Examiner ruled the death an accident. His cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries. 

In the toxicology report, officials found alcohol, cocaine and alprazolam, a medication used to treat anxiety. 

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