Stefon Banks falls 55 feet off of Wabasha Street Bridge and survives

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Teresa Boardman
The Wabasha Street Bridge is a lovely sight unless you're falling off of it.
Stefon Banks was out for a late-night stroll with some friends when they started to cross the Wabasha Street Bridge in downtown St. Paul.

At some point, it was imperative that the 20-year-old get from one side of the bridge to the other. So he decided to leave the pedestrian walkway and lope across the four traffic lanes to the other side.

Only one problem: There's an 8-foot gap between the northbound and southbound lanes. Banks did not know this.

At the gap, there is a 2-foot-8-inch high barrier which Banks hopped over, apparently believing there was a walkway of some kind on the other side. Instead, there was a huge open space. And then a 55-foot vertical drop. Banks plummeted through the two lanes of traffic and crash-landed on Raspberry Island below.

Amazingly, he survived. He was even awake when fire, paramedics, and St. Paul police arrived. He was taken to Regions Hospital in critical condition, but bounced back today and is now in fair condition.

St. Paul police spokesperson John Keating says that they're just letting him recover, and there won't be any charges.

"This just appears to be an accident," he says.

To give a sense of how big an oversight this was, here's a couple of views of the gap Banks tried to fly over:

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Jeremy Noble

Not exactly a crack in the sidewalk. Still, Banks should have an awesome tale to tell, whenever he gets out of the hospital.

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Thomastiedman
Thomastiedman

Jessica Lussenhop, your quips are so right on target! Stefon Bank's fall from the Wabasha Street Bridge is extremely funny! Seeing him in intensive care is even funnier! When the young man stepped over the same guard rail in early July and died in the Mississppi River, I laughed so hard I cried! When Brian Tiedman had the same fall as Stefon in 2007, and St. Paul did nothing to prevent it from happening again, and it CONTINUES to happen again... (twice in July 2011 alone), well... WHAT A HOOT! Seeing Brian live his life paralyzed in a wheelchair, his body held together with rods, screws, pins, bolts, and nuts... WOW, I laugh so hard I pee a little! Reminds me of the 9 month old who fell to her death out the window of the St. Paul high rise last week while her playmates watched and screamed in horror! That had me rolling on the floor howling! I could hardly catch my breath! Oh, oh... and when the terrorists hit the twin towers? Remember how those thousands of people had to choose between burning to death or jumping to their deaths? Did you see how some of them jumped while they were actually on fire?! The irony!!! I laughed so hard watching those burning bodies fall that I actually pooped my pants! Oh, and the Baatan Death March... remember how those soldiers walked until they collapsed, only to by bayonetted? Remember how their fellow soldiers watched them being bayonetted and knew that a mile later, when they themselves collapsed, they would also be bayonetted? Oh, crap! You just can't find comedy like that anywhere else! I laugh so hard thinking about that that I actually start to have a siezure! The only thing funnier than all of these things is that the City of St. Paul refuses to correct the problem of pedestrians falling from their beloved Wabasha Street Bridge, and the thought of that has me rolling on the floor every time. Jessica, I hope you get to experience first hand the comedy that is the late night phone call that tells you that your own son or daughter has fallen through the hole in the middle of the Wabasha Street Bridge! I guarantee you will laugh so hard that you too will poop your pants! Keep up the great work, Jessica! Hope to see you on the stand up comedy stage soon!

Gene
Gene

"Ostensibly" is misused in this story. The word you want is "apparently."

Jazzbo13
Jazzbo13

Sounds like a fucking genius!

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

C'mon reporter we need to know how drunk this dude was.   That is important to the story.   My theory is the drunker you are the more likely you are to survive.  Also it would be nice to know if he crapped his pants.   Did it happen in the air from fear?   Or on the ground due to impact?   What do they teach you in journalism school these days? 

Taylor banks
Taylor banks

OK FIRST MY COUSIN WASNT DRUNK SO HOW DARE YOU SAY THAT IF YOU HAVE NOTHING NICE TO SAY THEN DONT SAY SHIT ALL ALL WE HIS FAMILY IS GOING THROUGH THIS YOU HAVE NO IDEA SO ALL IM SAYING IS KEEP YOUR NEGATIVE COMMENTS TO YOUR DAME SELF.........

Thanks for the laugh
Thanks for the laugh

 On the contrary, I have a lot of respect for a lot of people.  The thing they all have in common is that they tend to deserve it.  However, I do admit I don't have a lot of respect for stupid people.  This is something that it clearly hereditary in your family.  It must be pretty far reaching since it applies to both you, and your cousin. 

What I am grateful for is that he was not killed or more seriously injured, as death is tragic, but we would also have another frivolous lawsuit on our hands.  If McDonald's can lose a lawsuit over it's coffee being hot, I'm sure there not being a warning sign, or a person standing on the bridge warning people to not jump off the edge of it would be something that is dicey at best for the city and or state.

If you did "THNINK BEFOR" you typed, might I also suggest some proper punctuation and learn the difference between your and you're.  Here's something that will help; You should know that your inability to know the difference between your and you're is related to your cousin's inability to not jump off bridges.

You really should stop posting.  Had your cousin not survived the ordeal, he would be known as the guy who died on accident while trying to cross the road.  The school children would have a field day with the jokes about that.  Thankfully he didn't, so eventually this whole ordeal will be behind him and your family.

Sadly for you, your posts will still be here, for all the school children to see.

Thanks for the laugh
Thanks for the laugh

Your cousin didn't look before he leaped, and you didn't think before you typed. Not only does everyone in the city know he might be a bit foolish, but he also has a complete spaz for a cousin.

Bob
Bob

its, their 

Otherwise, a good read.

Just saying.

Taylor banks
Taylor banks

OK LISTEN HERE YOU HAVE NO RESPECT FOR ANYBODY SO WHY DONT YOU JUST COMMENT ON ANYTHING OK HOW ABOUT THAT YOUR A LOW DOWN DIRTY DOG THATS ALL I HAVE TO SAY AND I DO THINK BEFOR I TYPE YOU NEED TO THNINK BEFOR YOU TYPE WRITING A COMMENT LIKE YOU DID ASS .....

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