A man celebrating his friend’s impending marriage fell to his death from a Black Hawk, Colorado, hotel window early Saturday, police said. Dirk Anderson, 29, was sitting on the ledge of an open window in the 11th-floor room at the Lady Luck Hotel and Casino when the screen on which he was leaning gave way, according to reports by CNN television affiliates KUSA and KCNC. The Thornton, Colorado, man landed on the roof of a parking garage five levels below, police said. While there was alcohol at the bachelor party, investigators said they don’t know if Anderson had been drinking before his fall. There was no evidence of horseplay and it appeared to be an accident, police said. Black Hawk, a 19th-century gold-mining town, is home to several casinos that attract tourists and gamblers from Denver, 35 miles away.
Boston, MA – If a man falls from the 11th floor of a hotel and lands on a parking garage five levels below, but no one is around to hear it, does it make a noise? You bet it does. Now, I’m not a doctor (I only play one on eHarmony), but let’s just imagine the sound of a tree branch snapping, and then multiply that times 206, representing every single bone in the human body. That’s a whole lotta crunch. When the coroner shows up for that one, he probably only needs a broom and a dustpan. Anyway, I’m not even sure who should absorb most of the blame on this one. I am a firm believer in never leaning against a screen even from one story up, and yet, Dirk Anderson had no worries about pressing all of his body weight against some nylon mesh way up in the sky. On the other hand, what hotel in their right mind not only allows screens, but allows their windows to open all the way to begin with? I guess the Lady Luck Hotel does. Now, whether or not Anderson had been drinking is irrelevant, unless he then removed the screen and said “Who wants to see me fly?” If the screen was left in, and he did not circumvent the standard operation of the window in any way, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I would like to motion the new name of this hotel be “The Dirk Anderson Next of Kin Hotel.”
As for the ceremony, sources have confirmed that Alicia Keyes’ “Fallen” has been removed from the reception playlist. Also, a new best man had to be chosen after the first one “dropped” out. There were originally 300 guests invited, but due to this tragedy, that number is expected to “plummet.”