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LCA Brother Hospitalized


Tiffany Lin--The Tech
The Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house at 99 Bay State Rd. in Boston.

By Thomas R.Karlo
Executive Editor

William Alex Goodwin '97, president of Lambda Chi Alpha, was listed in stable condition at Beth Israel Hospital after falling four stories down an elevator shaft at his fraternity house Sunday evening.

Goodwin had been drinking before the accident, according to a Boston Police report that cited statements made by members of LCA.

Goodwin was originally in stable but serious condition following the accident. He sustained "no serious head injuries," said Robert B. Gray '98, a member of LCA, who is acting as the fraternity's spokesperson on this case.

"He should be out of the hospital by Sunday." Goodwin is expected to return to class and complete the term, Gray said. Gray declined to comment whether Goodwin was drinking before the fall.

The elevator shaft was not in operation at the time of the accident.

Goodwin was found at the bottom of the shaft following the sounding of the house's fire alarm. He "ruptured a water pipe during his fall," and the resulting drop in pressure in the sprinkler system activated the fire alarm, said Chief of Campus Police Anne P. Glavin.

Tyler J. Moeller '98 discovered Goodwin in the bottom of the shaft and held him until the arrival of the Boston Emergency Medical Technicians and the fire department, according to police reports. Moeller told police that Goodwin had been drinking prior to the accident. Moeller could not be reached for comment.

"No more than five minutes elapsed" between the accident and Goodwin being discovered, Gray said.

Boston emergency workers were already on the scene as a result of the fire alarm, Glavin said. The Campus Police were contacted by the Boston Police and arrived as firefighters worked to reach Goodwin.

Boston firefighters and emergency workers reached Goodwin by tearing down a wall to gain access to the bottom of the shaft, Glavin said.

Gray declined to comment on the extent and cost of the damage resulting from the incident.