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Reported suicide from SLO parking garage an accident, coroner says

A man jumped off the top of this parking structure at Palm and Morro streets in downtown San Luis Obispo on Thursday.
A man jumped off the top of this parking structure at Palm and Morro streets in downtown San Luis Obispo on Thursday. jhickey@thetribunenews.com

The San Luis Obispo County Coroner’s office is calling the death of Brian Lawler, who was reported to have committed suicide by jumping off a building in downtown San Luis Obispo in July, an accident.



The coroner listed the cause of death as multiple blunt force trauma and the manner to be accidental, said Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Cipolla.



“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,” Cipolla said.



Lawler landed in an alley behind the parking structure at 919 Palm Street on July 18. He was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.





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