Student injured in MU dorm fall improving

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A 19-year-old freshman who fell from a dorm balcony at the University of Missouri-Columbia continues to improve.

Richard Mehan of Chesterfield is listed in fair condition at a Columbia hospital where he was taken after the fall early Saturday.

Police say Mehan tumbled from a fifth-floor balcony onto a fourth-floor commons area at Laws residential hall.

University police Capt. Brian Weimer said the student had been hanging onto the outside of a railing when his hands apparently slipped.

Weimer said Mehan had been drinking.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Mehan is a 2010 graduate of St. Louis University High School, where he played lacrosse.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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