Man falls from Champaign parking deck

CHAMPAIGN — Police believe a man was trying to kill himself when he jumped from a downtown Champaign parking deck late Monday afternoon.

Sgt. Dennis Baltzell said police received a report of a man falling from the Hill Street parking deck in the 100 block of Hill Street at 5:03 p.m.

No information was available on his condition from Carle Hospital officials Tuesday morning but Baltzell said that as of Monday night, the 45-year-old Champaign man's injuries appeared to be non-life-threatening.

Rob Valli of Champaign said he was less than a block away when he heard a loud noise.

"My neighbor and I heard the noise from the man and something that sounded like a splat, and so I ran to the scene, and I was the second person there," Valli said.

Valli said it appeared that part of the man's body had landed on a sidewalk and the rest on some adjacent grass just north of the parking deck.

"At first I didn't think the man would survive, but he was conscious and breathing," Valli said.

Police said they don't know what level of the parking deck the man had fallen from. Baltzell said police found his car on the deck.

They have not made his name public. He was taken by ambulance to Carle at 5:17 p.m.

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