Denver, CO Fall From Hotel Third Floor, Apr 1964

Butte Boy, 9, Survives Fall At Denver Hotel

Denver (AP) – Richard GRAY, 9, of Butte, Mont., slipped from a third-floor ledge of a downtown Denver hotel Sunday, plunged through a metal and glass skylight and landed on a pile of packing crates.

He was taken to Denver General Hospital where he later was listed in fair condition with a possible back injury.

The boy was staying at the Erhard Hotel with his mother, Mrs. Donna B. GRAY, and five brothers.

Mrs. GRAY left them alone in the third-floor apartment to go to a nearby drug store. Richard climbed onto the window and ledge and was dangling his feet outside, his brothers said, when he fell.

Police said he struck the skylight on the first-floor roof feet first but his fall was broken by the wooden crates.

A hotel clerk who reached the youngster first, said young GRAY was conscious.

“He’s a very lucky boy,” Don LANDERS, the clerk said.

Montana Standard, Butte, MT 6 Apr 1964