DEVELOPING: Man Hurt After Plunge from Ballston Parking Garage

by ARLnow.com November 19, 2012 at 1:10 pm 6,029 22 Comments

(Updated at 1:30 p.m.) Arlington police and firefighters are on the scene outside the Ballston Common Mall for a report of a man who fell about 30 feet from the Ballston public parking garage.

The incident happened on the Glebe Road side of the parking garage, near the intersection with Carlin Springs Road. The victim is described by police as a 40-year-old white male.

Witnesses saw the man dangling from the first level of the parking garage, according to Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. Police were called, but the man fell before they arrived on scene. He suffered a traumatic head injury and was rushed to Inova Fairfax Hospital, Sternbeck said.

The incident at first sounded like a suicide attempt — since 2010, two people have taken their own life by jumping from the parking garage — but police say that is not the case.

According to Sternbeck, the man was involved in a hit-and-run accident on the G-4 level of the parking garage today. Investigators believe he was attempting to flee the scene when he climbed onto the ledge of the garage, but he didn’t realize how high up he was until it was too late. Sternbeck said police and paramedics have had “frequent contact” with the man in the past for alcohol-related incidents.

Police have closed down the sidewalk and blocked two out of three northbound lanes of Glebe Road while they continue to investigate.

  • Major Pup McPuppo Jr.

    that does it – raze the whole mall, it’s a hazard to everyone

    • Cletus Van Damme

      I strangely feel the same way…

  • brb

    Someone is hurt. It isn’t funny.

    Right now the victim is in a hospital. Hopefully they have given him something to ease his suffering.

    Bystanders witnessed this, and they may feel distressed. Police and paramedics had to respond, and no matter how hardened they become they have to process these things on some level.

    Doctors, nurses, and others who assist have to cope as well. Friends, family, and so on.


    • JohnFrank

      sounds like a great person .. may have been fleeing the scene of a crime and police have ‘frequent contact’ with …

    • YTK

      Amen. When it gets down to something like this– compassion trumps over anything else.

    • Mike Honcho

      Victim? Sounds like he was running from the law. Bad boy, bad boys, what you gonna do…

      • Captain_Obvious

        Yea, lets wait till the whole story comes out.

        • It’s already out:

          “According to Sternbeck, the man was involved in a hit-and-run accident on the G-4 level of the parking garage today. Investigators believe he was attempting to flee the scene when he climbed onto the ledge of the garage….”

          • Josh S

            That’s the whole story?

  • They STILL haven’t done anything about this?

  • James Moron

    This must be the most suicide/accident prone garage in the world.

    • Have you been to that mall?

      • Right of Center

        I believe it’s a skating rink. A mall insinuates that there are actually stores that sellsgood and services that consumers seek

  • Ballston

    Did the hit-and-run involve a car or SUV flipping over?

  • all structures over 7 feet tall should be required to have anti-plunging nets similar to those installed on Foxconn factories.

    • Bleh


  • I know many here feel that the Ballston Common Mall is a depressing place to shop and hang-out, but this is getting ridiculous!

    • Right of Center

      and a place where fire bombs are tossed

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    Much negativity at Ballston Mall is it haunted with evil / bad spirits or what?

  • gnushell

    I wonder if Parkington had this kind of vibe? Was this built on an old burial ground or the like?


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