Police in Ames are calling the weekend death of a young man from Downers Grove, Illinois a tragic accident. It happened late Saturday night at an apartment building on Stanton Avenue.
Ames Police Commander Mike Brennan says 19-year-old Robert Pawlak was in Ames visiting a friend when Pawlak crashed through the elevator doors on the 7th floor and fell to the bottom of the elevator shaft. Brennan says 19-year-old Michael Foody, also of Downers Grove, pushed Pawlak into the doors.
"All we know is that (Pawlak) was pushed by Mr. Foody against the doors and the doors collapsed," Brennan said, noting that Pawlak was 6-foot-3 and weighed 254 pounds. Police do not suspect foul play.
"It’s our understanding that they were not in a fight," Brennan said. "We understand that the two were friends…it sounded like a case of just goofing around." It’s not clear what role alcohol may have played in the accident, but Foody was charged with public intoxication.