Student falls from Eddy Street Commons' window

SOUTH BEND - A bizarre accident happened this morning across the street from the campus of Notre Dame.

Captain Phil Trent with the South Bend Police Department says they responded to a medical assist call around 4:30 a.m.

“We get out there saw this 21-year-old subject laying on the cement in a pool of blood,” said Trent.

Police say 21-year-old Marcus Garcia fell from the third story window at The Foundry Apartments at Eddy Street Commons.


Police say a witness who works at O’Rourke’s Public House across the street saw Garcia when she was she was leaving work. “She reports seeing him and seeing him fall, but the setup to that is an unknown,” said Trent.


Police say Garcia was sitting on the third story window with his legs dangling over. The witness says it appeared he just slipped and fell.


“Whatever happened in that apartment we’re considering accidental,” said Trent.


Police say Garcia lived with two roommates and neither of them knows what happened.


Police say Garcia had plans to go out and meet friends. The roommates told police Garcia wasn't home when they went to bed around 1:30 a.m.


ABC 57 asked police if alcohol was a factor in the accident. Police say since this is not a criminal investigation, they most likely will never have access to the toxicology report.


Garcia is currently at Memorial Hospital where he has been upgraded from critical to serious condition as of 6 p.m. Thursday night.


Garcia is a member of Notre Dame's Class of 2012 and is majoring in Psychology and Sociology. His hometown is Turlock, California.


The University of Notre Dame released a statement on Thursday afternoon.

University President Rev. John Jenkins said, “University officials were made aware of the accident involving Marcus early this morning and have been with him and in communication with his parents ever since. We thank God that his injuries are not life threatening and pray for his full recovery.”

Eddy Street Common’s Office did not want to comment on Thursday saying they had no more information.


Photo of Garcia courtesy of the University of Notre Dame.


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