Death of suspected SLO parking lot jumper ruled an accident
August 1, 2013
The San Luis Obispo County Coroner’s Office has ruled the death of a man who witnesses said jumped off a downtown San Luis Obispo parking structure an accident. [Tribune]
Brian Lawler, 26, fell to his death from the city parking structure at the corner of Palm and Morro streets on July 18.
Witnesses said he appeared to have intentionally jumped, according to an initial San Luis Obispo police report.
However, the corner ruled the death an accident due to lack of evidence that Lawler committed suicide.
“The death cannot be ruled a suicide because there was no suicide note, there was no indication of suicide to family or friends and they can’t go on assumptions,” said Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Cipolla.
Lawler was a San Luis Obispo native, who dove collegiately at Boston University and UC Berkely. He was also a member of the 2002 U.S. Diving Junior World Team.