​Bachelor Party From 11th Floor Ends In Death

Author: Jennifer HongBy:
Staff Reporter
Aug. 4, 2014

A bachelor party turned into a death scene after a man fell to his death from the 11th-floor window at a Black Hawk, Colorado, hotel early Saturday. The man was at the party before landing on a parking garage.

Dirk Anderson, 29, fell from the 11th-floor room at the Lady Luck Hotel and Casino when the screen on which he was leaning gave way. Investigators don’t know if Anderson was drinking before the incident. Police rule out foul play.

The Thornton, Colorado, man landed on the roof of a parking garage five levels below, police said. While there was alcohol at the bachelor party, investigators said they don’t know if Anderson had been drinking before his fall. There was no evidence of horseplay and it appeared to be an accident, police said.

“It’s a huge tragedy,” said Black Hawk Police Chief Stephen Cole. “You’re in a controlled environment and you’re safe, and you’re not out drinking and driving, and something like this happens.” It is currently unclear what relationship Dirk Anderson had to the groom. Authorities still await toxicology reports that will determine how much alcohol, if any, Anderson consumed.

Black Hawk, a 19th-century gold-mining town, is home to several casinos that attract tourists and gamblers from Denver, 35 miles away.

In May, five women — including the bride — were killed on their way to a bachelorette party. The limo the women were driving in caught fire on a bridge in San Francisco. There were 10 people in the limo; the driver and four other passengers were able to escape from the vehicle.

“The limousine was traveling westbound here on 92 on the bridge and we got calls of smoke coming from the limousine. The limousine pulled over and then all of the sudden it became engulfed in flames,” Officer Amelia Jack said. “From what we do know is that there were ten occupants in the vehicle … Five were able to escape the vehicle and attempted to assist the others and were unable to get the other five out.” Authorities did not know what caused the fire.

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