Man dies in fall from 2nd story of home

October 25, 2001|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A Westminster-area man who was trying to repair an outside light fixture died after falling 12 feet from the second story of his home - apparently breaking his neck, said state police at the Westminster barracks.

Glenn Allan Starr, 38, of the 800 block of Lucabaugh Mill Road - just outside Westminster city limits - had a faint pulse but was unconscious when paramedics arrived about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, state police said. He was pronounced dead at Carroll County General Hospital.

Starr's three sons were present when the accident occurred, police said. Starr reportedly was taking medication for a disability, and a routine autopsy will be performed. He was divorced from the children's mother.

John Allen Blessing, a next-door neighbor, said he had stepped outside to his deck about 6:30 p.m. when he heard the children, ages 6, 7 and 14, screaming where they were playing in the yard. He and his wife ran to help and saw Starr lying on the ground, his neck at an angle. They turned the 6-foot-3-inch man over with the help of Starr's teen-age son and waited for paramedics and police.

Next to the door at the back of the house, a light was hanging from an outdoor fixture, where Starr's children said he had been working when he fell out of a sliding door.

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