Identity, Manner of Death Released for Man Found Dead Near Vail Ave Parking Garage

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Arlington Heights police officers protect the scene as staff from a funeral home or the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office work to remove the body from the scene
Arlington Heights police officers protect the scene as staff from a funeral home or the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office work to remove the body from the scene.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office released the identity of a fall victim who died at the Vail Avenue parking garage just north of Sigwalt Street as Donald Williams, age 74, of Rolling Meadows. The fall occurred about 10:10 a.m. Thursday, June 2, 2022. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office listed the Manner of Death as suicide with the primary cause of multiple injuries in a “jump from height.” No secondary cause of death was listed.

A woman passing by the parking garage noticed an unresponsive male in shrubs directly in front of the middle of the parking garage, and police were called to the scene.

Police from Arlington Heights at about 10:14 a.m. Thursday, June 2, 2022 called Arlington Heights Fire Department paramedics to respond near the parking garage at 43 South Vail Avenue in Arlington Heights where they were standing by where a body was located just in front of the parking garage at 22 South Vail Avenue in downtown Arlington Heights. The Arlington Heights Police Department stated they were called to the scene just after 10:00 a.m. after a 9-1-1 call for help to check on unresponsive male that was located in a planter bed located adjacent to the east side of the parking garage.




Paramedics from Arlington Heights Fire Department confirmed that Donald Williams was dead at the scene. Arlington Heights police collected evidence at the scene, including photographic evidence. Police determined that the victim was a 74-year-old man from Rolling Meadows. The Arlington Heights Police Department also determined that the victim probably fell from an upper floor. According to the Arlington Heights Police Department, paramedics determined the victim was beyond medical intervention and had succumbed to his injuries.

An evidence technician/police officer with the Arlington Police Department works to gather photo evidence were a body was discovered Thursday morning June 2, 2022
An evidence technician/police officer with the Arlington Police Department worked to gather photo evidence were a body was discovered Thursday morning June 2, 2022 between the parking garage east wall and the sidewalk at 22 South Vail Avenue in Arlington Heights.

The scene did not involve an extended crime scene investigation, so it was probably safe to assume there was no indication that caused police to suspect foul play at the scene. The Arlington Heights Police Department stated in a news release that the department has no reason to believe any criminal act preceded the victim’s fall, and no suspicion of foul play exists.

According to the Arlington Heights Police Department, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office will perform a postmortem examination on Friday, June 3, 2022 to determine the cause and manner of death.

The body was removed about 1:30 p.m. Two witnesses at the scene heard that police were investigating reports that a male in his 70s jumped from an upper level of the parking garage.




The scene included police and fire/EMS activity in view by diners at Arlington Alfresco on Vail Avenue south of Campbell Street in downtown Arlington Heights, and caused several inquiries to CARDINAL NEWS.

Street traffic on Vail Avenue was blocked between Sigwalt Street and the northeast entrance/exit to the parking garage. The Arlington Heights Public Works Department removed a bench located at the front of the parking garage immediately after police left the scene about 1:35 p.m.




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