Woman's fatal fall at State Farm headquarters apparent suicide, coroner says

2013-08-16T00:01:00Z Woman's fatal fall at State Farm headquarters apparent suicide, coroner saysLee News Service report Herald-Review.com
August 16, 2013 12:01 am  • 

BLOOMINGTON — A 35-year-old Bloomington woman fell to her death Thursday morning in the atrium of State Farm’s corporate headquarters in what authorities believe was an intentional act.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph does not identify victims of apparent suicide.

McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling said the woman died of injuries to her head, chest and pelvis after falling from the fourth floor. Kimmerling said there was no indication of criminal involvement or foul play.

“This morning, an unfortunate and isolated incident occurred in our corporate headquarters atrium and there were injuries to one person,” State Farm spokeswoman Holly Anderson said Thursday morning. “There is and was no risk to others. We are assisting local authorities.”

The fall was witnessed just before 8:30 a.m. The woman was pronounced dead just after 9 a.m. at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center’s emergency department.

The woman had worked 11½ years at the company, most recently as an assistant. Kimmerling said forensic toxicology tests will be ordered.

The Bloomington Police Department is assisting the coroner’s office with the investigation.

The last time someone died after falling from the atrium’s fourth floor was in 2001, when a 21-year-old man committed suicide, according to Pantagraph archives.

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