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Student Dies After Falling From Ohio State Parking Garage

Lane Avenue Parking Garage
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Lane Avenue Parking Garage

A student has died after falling from Ohio State University’s Lane Avenue parking garage early Tuesday morning. This is the third time this year someone has fallen from one of the university’s garages.

University officials announced Tuesday afternoon that Joshua Song died from injuries sustained from his fall. The school has reached out to Song's family and they're offering counseling services for students affected by the incident.

"On behalf of the Ohio State community, our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of Joshua Song during this difficult time," the university said in a release.

In a letter, University President Michael Drake wrote, "While the details of this tragedy are still unknown, there is nothing more painful for our university community than losing one of its members. The heartbreak of his family and friends cannot be overstated, and I know that all of you join me in sharing our most profound sympathies with them during this time."

Ohio State Police are handling the investigation, and officers have yet to release information about the circumstnaces leading to Song's fall.

According to the university directory, Song was a food science and technology major in the College of Agriculture.

In April this year, one person died and another was seriously injured after falling from a university garage in the space of four days, leading the university to launch a mental health task force which recently delivered its final report and recommendations to Drake.

Some students have criticized the school's slate of mental health services, but the Task Force states it saw "no data that would lead to the conclusion that death by suicide at our institution is related to problems accessing mental health services at Ohio State." The report notes more still could be done.

In a six point set of recommendations, the Task Force suggests the university take steps like improving mental health screening, offering more non-emergency support services and better sharing information about exsiting resources.  In his letter Drake wrote the school will "continue to work toward implementing many of these actions."

Song's death comes the day after Ohio State observed World Suicide Prevention Day.

Ohio State's Counseling and Consultation Service can be reached at 614-292-5766, and a crisis text line can be reached anytime at 741741. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

This article will be updated with more information as the story develops.

Nick Evans was a reporter at WOSU's 89.7 NPR News. He spent four years in Tallahassee, Florida covering state government before joining the team at WOSU.