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USC student falls from sixth-floor dorm window after attending rave

November 2, 2010 |  6:17 pm

Los Angeles police are investigating how a college freshman who had been partying two nights at a nearby electronic music festival suffered critical injuries after falling six stories from his USC dorm room.

The incident involving the 18-year-old male student, who was not identified, was reported Monday at 6 a.m. in a Freshman dorm that abuts Jefferson Boulevard, LAPD Deputy Chief Pat Gannon said.

He suffered multiple broken bones and internal injuries and was listed Tuesday in critical condition at a local hospital. The victim's roommate told police that he was asleep when he heard the sound of the window screen being removed in the dorm room moments before he woke up and discovered that the victim had fallen out.

Gannon said that based on the police investigation, it appeared that the student had consumed alcohol, marijuana and the psychotropic drug Ecstasy during two days of "hard partying" at an electronic music festival that had been held at the Shrine Auditorium Saturday and Sunday, Halloween night.

But officials emphasized that they have not determined a direct connection between the event and the student's fall.

Such festivals have come under scrutiny since this summer, after a 15-year-old girl died of an overdose of Ecstasy at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

Police are still trying to determine what role, if any, those substances might have played in the incident and specifically, where the injured student may have obtained the drugs, Gannon said.

Investigators said there was no indication that the young man was depressed and it appeared that the fall was due to an accident or related to an altered state of consciousness.

--Andrew Blankstein

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