Authorities identify man who died after falling 14 stories from UH Manoa dorm room

Published: Aug. 16, 2015 at 10:07 PM HST|Updated: Aug. 19, 2015 at 8:41 AM HST
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[Update 8/18/15]

The man who died while trying to save another man's life has been identified as 24-year-old Thomas Bennett, authorities said. The Hawaii resident died from multiple blunt trauma due to the fall, according to the Medical Examiner's Office.

[Original story]

A man is dead after plunging from a University of Hawaii dorm room while trying to save another man's life on Sunday.

The university confirmed the two men are not UH students.

The fatal fall happened around 2:00 a.m. during a party at the Manoa campus.

Police sources say there was a party going on in one of the Hale Wainani dorm rooms. A witness told officers he heard yelling coming from that room. Shortly after, he saw two men fall out of a window on the 14th floor.

Sources say one of the men, a 19-year-old, wanted to end his life. He was walking along a narrow ledge threatening to jump. The witness told police there was another man also standing on the ledge trying to stop the teen from committing suicide.

The witness heard glass shatter and watched both of them fall to the ground.

Sources say both men were rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

The man who tried to save the teenager's life later died.

The tragedy takes place on an important day for hundreds of students as it is move-in day around campus. Students moving in to the Hale Wainani dorms didn't want to talk about the tragedy on camera but says they are in disbelief.

The University of Hawaii spokesman says counselors were on scene Sunday morning and will be providing assistance to anyone who needs it.

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