Student Trapped Between Buildings Had Been Drinking
Asher Vongtau spent 36 hours in 6- to 18-inch crevice
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2013 6:17 AM CST
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(Newser) – The New York Post's sources confirm what you probably already suspected: The NYU student who was found trapped between two buildings had been drinking before he fell from a fire escape into the narrow crevice. Asher Vongtau, 19, admitted as much to police, sources say. He left a friend's dorm room early Saturday and went to a courtyard where students typically smoke or drink, then made the fateful decision to climb the fire escape, sources say.

Vongtau made it to the second or third floor, then slipped and ended up wedged tightly into the 6- to 18-inch gap, where he remained for as long as 36 hours. Police think he may have jumped a railing and tried to get to the landing of the adjacent building when he fell, the New York Daily News reports. He broke his pelvis, some ribs and other bones, and fractured his skull, but his mother says "he's in good spirits." Despite everything, a friend insists Vongtau, a pre-law student, is "a very responsible person, more so than most college students."

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Lou Bernardo
Nov 5, 2013 11:24 PM CST
Law student? He should sue himself for being a stupid underage drunk.
Nov 5, 2013 11:05 PM CST
(In my best drunk voice) "Hey guyths, I'm sthuperman. Watch me puth these biwdings apart with my bare handths". "Hey, hey guyths. I'm sthuck. Where are yooosth goin'"? (sound of friends giggling as they run back to the dorm)
Nov 5, 2013 10:12 PM CST
Must have been a very sobering experience.