Rockledge Man Suffers Major Head Trauma After Falling From Three-Story Building
By Space Coast Daily // November 6, 2017
23-year-old Christopher Hobgood suffers major head trauma
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Cocoa Police have reported that a 23-year-old Rockledge man suffered serious head injuries late Saturday after falling from a 3-story rooftop in downtown Cocoa.
The man is identified as Christopher Hobgood and police do not know his condition at this time.
Police say at 9:35 p.m. on Saturday, patrol officers and fire rescue personnel responded to 100 Harrison Street where they found Hobgood face-down with major head trauma, according to authorities. Hobgood was immediately airlifted to a nearby trauma center as a result of his injuries.
The investigation revealed Hobgood was with three other people on the roof of the building when, according to witnesses, Hobgood had been drinking alcohol and lost his balance while sitting/lying on the edge of the rooftop.
Police say there was information that led to speculation regarding the possibility that the group went to the rooftop to participate in “Parkour” activity—jumping from rooftop to rooftop.
The motive has not been verified by the police department and they will begin working with downtown building/ business owners to ensure sure all properties with rooftop access are properly secured to prevent access.
“We will not tolerate this type of activity in our city,” said Chief Mike Cantaloupe.
“It is extremely dangerous and we want to make sure we do our best to prevent a tragedy.”
Business owners will also be educated about the Parkour activity and encouraged to report anyone attempting to gain access to the rooftops. Officers will also be directed to increase patrols during peak traffic hours to discourage trespassing.
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