are reporting the death of a drywall subcontractor who fell off a ladder on
Monday at the Eagle Crossing Apartments worksite, in the 2100 block of Kelle
CPD identified the
victim as Mattias Francisco Miguel-Baltazar, 35, a Guatemalan national with
a listed address in Indianapolis.
police, at 10:12 a.m. officers responded to the worksite following a 911
call reporting that a man had fallen and was having difficulty breathing. On
their arrival, officers found Miguel-Baltazar on a concrete slab foundation,
unresponsive and “his head surrounded by blood,” police said.
Department first-responders applied a chest compression device to Miguel-Baltazar,
then transported him to Porter Regional Hospital. “A short time later,”
officers received word that he had died.
At the time of the
accident, Miguel-Baltazar--employed by a subcontractor at the worksite,
Alexis Construction of Indianapolis--was “standing at the top of an
eight-foot A-frame ladder,” handing plywood to co-workers on the second
floor of the 2113 apartment building. One of the co-workers, after taking a
sheet of plywood from Miguel-Baltzar, observed him “to sway,” then fall. The
co-worker did not actually see him land, however, as his view was obscured
by second floor subfloor, police said.
Miguel-Baltazar a dependable employee who “was working out quite well,”
family has been notified, police also said.
Porter County Cyndi
Dykes told the Chesterton Tribune this morning that her office would
release a statement this afternoon, after deadline.