Ohio college student who fell from be...

Ohio college student who fell from bed dies

There are 20 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from May 20, 2008, titled Ohio college student who fell from bed dies. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

POSTED: 07:34 a.m. EDT, May 20, 2008 OXFORD: A Miami University student has died, three weeks after falling from his loft-style bed.

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Tyelle Olding

Prestonsburg, KY

#1 May 20, 2008
im so sorry for your trmends loss and i hop that the famly and frinds will be ok and i will also pray for the famly and frinds that has lost a rilly good thing
really sad

Clayton, IN

#2 May 20, 2008
I don't understand why those college beds do not have railings. Just because people are older doesn't mean they cannot fall out. Poor family, my thoughts & prayers are with them. How horrible.
Ryan

Akron, OH

#3 May 20, 2008
really sad wrote:
I don't understand why those college beds do not have railings. Just because people are older doesn't mean they cannot fall out. Poor family, my thoughts & prayers are with them. How horrible.
Does your bed at home have railings? Last time I checked, adults don't sleep in cribs or playpens.

I slept on the top bunk in my college dorm for 2 years and was fine. So were the other 10,000 kids on campus.

Just because 1 kid in 100 million falls out of bed, it doesn't mean that we all need to sleep like infants in secure cribs.

Think about it...when was the last time you fell out of your bed at home? I've never done it.
Ohio

Columbia Station, OH

#4 May 20, 2008
Ryan wrote:
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Does your bed at home have railings? Last time I checked, adults don't sleep in cribs or playpens.
I slept on the top bunk in my college dorm for 2 years and was fine. So were the other 10,000 kids on campus.
Just because 1 kid in 100 million falls out of bed, it doesn't mean that we all need to sleep like infants in secure cribs.
Think about it...when was the last time you fell out of your bed at home? I've never done it.
It was a loft with no railing, six foot off the ground. Very sad.
Ryan

Akron, OH

#5 May 20, 2008
Ohio wrote:
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It was a loft with no railing, six foot off the ground. Very sad.
I didn't say it wasn't sad. It really is a sad thing. I was saying that adults don't need a crib to sleep in. We all slept in bunk beds in college and no one ever got hurt. The odds of someone falling out and getting hurt are so slim that it doesn't warrant forcing adults to sleep in infant cribs.

If someone feels unsafe in a loft bed they should get a standard floor bed or pay extra for a hospital or child bed with railings.
Realistic

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

#6 May 20, 2008
Wonder what the tox level was at the hospital?
Ahau Kin

Maumelle, AR

#7 May 20, 2008
The falling out of an upper bunk thing happened to a young friend of mine awhile back. He didn't suffer any injuries, save to his pride.

He was pretty drunk at the time.

This just isn't the sort of thing you hear about every day, so I wonder.....
Chris_B

Akron, OH

#8 May 20, 2008
Uh oh, now the state is going to outlaw sleeping in beds. Strickland won't want to waste his time with another stupid piece of legislation so his whacked out old mind will just sign into law rather than tear it up.
Ryan

Akron, OH

#9 May 20, 2008
Realistic wrote:
Wonder what the tox level was at the hospital?
Excellent question.
san jose transplant

Santa Maria, CA

#11 May 20, 2008
#1 - the 1st poster needs to stay in school. A perfect ex of dumbing down via text msg shorthand.

#2 - To those discussing falling from a bunk bed -- what part of loft bed vs bunk are you not getting?? Big difference on height. However, with that said, 3 questions come to mind. A) where was the bed in position to the loft drop and B)to go along with Realistic--Tox screen could potentially spell it out. C)Was anyone else in the house???
With that said, what a tragedy the family will have to deal with.

As a general point to Chris B, I agree. I am sick of laws generated to protect the ignorant from themselves.
Ryan

Akron, OH

#12 May 20, 2008
san jose transplant wrote:
#2 - To those discussing falling from a bunk bed -- what part of loft bed vs bunk are you not getting?? Big difference on height.
There's not necessarily a difference in height in a loft or bunk bed. They're essentially the same thing. The only difference is that a bunk bed has a second matress at the bottom.

Our beds in college were bunks that could be disassembled, allowing one to become a traditional bed and the other one a loft with space under it for furniture, televisions, fridges, etc. The top bunk was probably between five and six feet off the ground. I never fell out of mine, even when I was drunk out of my gourd. I don't know anyone else who fell out of one either.

Seriously, how many adults under the age of 90 ever fall out of bed? It hasn't happened to me even once in my life? I'm not a 3 year old. I don't fall out of bed. We don't need to sleep in a crib and have mommy change our diapers when we're 18 or 19 years old.
san jose transplant

Santa Maria, CA

#13 May 20, 2008
Ryan wrote:
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There's not necessarily a difference in height in a loft or bunk bed. They're essentially the same thing. The only difference is that a bunk bed has a second matress at the bottom.
Our beds in college were bunks that could be disassembled, allowing one to become a traditional bed and the other one a loft with space under it for furniture, televisions, fridges, etc. The top bunk was probably between five and six feet off the ground. I never fell out of mine, even when I was drunk out of my gourd. I don't know anyone else who fell out of one either.
Seriously, how many adults under the age of 90 ever fall out of bed? It hasn't happened to me even once in my life? I'm not a 3 year old. I don't fall out of bed. We don't need to sleep in a crib and have mommy change our diapers when we're 18 or 19 years old.
Ok, I'll concur that certain aspects I can see from your prospective. My boys slept in bunk beds and never fell out either. Traditionally, loft spaces are a little higher. Many unanswered questions, such as was this a new sleeping arrangement that he wasn't used to? Was the bed positioned/moved to the edge for some reason? Tox results can show more than alcohol, it will be interesting to hear the results.

As a mother who lost a son at 30, my heart truly goes out to his loved ones regardless of how, what and why.
Alexandra

Wooster, OH

#14 May 20, 2008
I recall rolling out of my twin bed a couple of times as a TEENAGER. I had been dreaming and suddenly I was on the floor.
bill

United States

#15 May 20, 2008
What a strange and sad situation, although as far as a tox report I must admit when I go to bed drunk and high I dont move at all, makes you wonder how that happened.
Dream Notes

Strongsville, OH

#16 May 20, 2008
I dreampt I ate a giant marshmallow.

When I woke up, my pillow was gone.
miami member

Schiller Park, IL

#19 May 20, 2008
I actually went to school with him and although I didn't know the kid that died I have to say that if he was a junior at Miami AND was in a frat there is a huge possibility that he did NOT live in a dorm and I haven't seen any reference to him living in a dorm.. that being said at a bunch of the frat houses there are higher lofted beds than you would think, usually around 4-5 feet off of the ground. I had a friend a couple weeks back that actually fell out of his lofted bed at a nearby frat house while under the influence and there was a futon bed underneath of him and he landed on his hand and had to have surgery... now it's not the same thing, but in those frat houses there are always things underneath the beds and so if he hit his head on something while he was drunk it could potentially of caused head trauma that wouldn't of shown up for a little while...
this is truly a tragic accident and his friends and family are in my thoughts and prayers.
miami member

Schiller Park, IL

#20 May 20, 2008
also i should've said this, but the reason that my friend fell out of the bed is because the mattresses easily fall off the bed because a lot of them don't fit or are too big for the beds that they're actually in.. it's a college and a lot of time your resources are definitely limited to what you had at home already... not saying that this is what happened, but it's definitely not unheard of at Miami
The Fall Guy

Carrollton, GA

#21 Jul 22, 2011
Ryan wrote:
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Does your bed at home have railings? Last time I checked, adults don't sleep in cribs or playpens.
I slept on the top bunk in my college dorm for 2 years and was fine. So were the other 10,000 kids on campus.
Just because 1 kid in 100 million falls out of bed, it doesn't mean that we all need to sleep like infants in secure cribs.
Think about it...when was the last time you fell out of your bed at home? I've never done it.
This can be (and for me, IS) a serious problem. I fall out of bed about once per week. Today, I have a sore jaw, and much bruising inside my lower lip. Other times, it's worse.

You're out of line with your sarcasm.
kinda angry now

Kingston, PA

#22 Sep 24, 2014
Ryan wrote:
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Does your bed at home have railings? Last time I checked, adults don't sleep in cribs or playpens.
I slept on the top bunk in my college dorm for 2 years and was fine. So were the other 10,000 kids on campus.
Just because 1 kid in 100 million falls out of bed, it doesn't mean that we all need to sleep like infants in secure cribs.
Think about it...when was the last time you fell out of your bed at home? I've never done it.
What the hell is wrong with you?? Some people roll in their sleep. Somone dies and you blame them for rolling in their sleep and falling off? Seriously its people like you that really erk me
Btw imwhite

Sunbury, OH

#23 Nov 17, 2015
As a former employee at a university I can attest that new dorm room beds come with a rail. Not just a single rail but 3 spaced a couple inches apart on vertical stringers about 12" tall They look like a piece of 12" ranch or stockade fence. They are easily secured foot board to head board on the open side. They are much safer than the traditional single rail like on a child's bunk. I know that within I year these rails simply disappeared from the campus.

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