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UCSB student dies after fall from apartment

Posted: November 24, 2012 8:00 a.m.
Updated: November 24, 2012 8:00 a.m.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A University of California Santa Barbara student has died after she and a 22-year-old man fell together from a second-story apartment railing.

KSBY-TV reports ( ) alcohol may have been a factor in the fall that led to 22-year-old Melissa Portillo's death, but the incident appears to be accidental.

Portillo suffered blunt force trauma to the head in the fall and was unresponsive after the fall, which occurred just before 1 a.m. at an Isla Vista apartment complex. She was rushed to Cottage Hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Michel Kuster survived the fall, and was listed in stable condition after complaining of head and back pain on the scene.

The Los Angeles Times reports Portillo is from LA, and Kuster isn't a UCSB student.



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