A CSU student is in critical condition after a leap from the roof of a building at Ramâ€™s Village on the afternoon of May 5.
The student, who 9News identified as sophomore wildlife and conservation biology major Ian Smith, attempted to dive from a roof into the apartment complexâ€™s pool, but missed and hit the side.
Witnesses say that many of the pool-goers had been drinking, although it could not be confirmed if Smith was drunk at the time of the accident.
â€œHe slammed the concrete and then kind of slid into the pool, obviously hurting,â€ said Wes Hawes, a senior applied computing technology major who witnessed the accident.
â€œIf you didnâ€™t see it happen, you heard it happen,â€ Hawes said.
Smith jumped about 30 feet, according to Captain Patrick Love, a spokesman for the Poudre Fire Authority.
9News reported that Smith broke his ankles, heels and some of his vertebrae from the fall. He is now being treated at the Medical Center of the Rockies.
Witnesses say that before Smith jumped, many of the crowd members attempted to discourage him with hand signals and shouts of â€œdonâ€™t do it.â€
â€œI donâ€™t know if up there it seemed like a better idea,â€ Hawes said, â€œbut from the pool it did not seem like a good idea to try something like that.â€
The Ramâ€™s Village pool recently opened for the season. Although no lifeguards monitor the pool, posted rules specify that no running or jumping is allowed.
Alex Ryan, a resident of Ramâ€™s Village who witnessed the accident, said that he has seen someone attempt to jump off of balconies into the pool before, but that people generally know better.
He also added that often the pool-goers who cause trouble are visitors and not residents of Ramâ€™s Village.
â€œWe have quite a peaceful community that donâ€™t get drunk and donâ€™t get crazy,â€ said Ryan.
At press time, it could not be confirmed whether Smith was a resident of Ramâ€™s Village.
Neither Smithâ€™s family or Ramâ€™s Village could not be reached for comment.
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