Man dies after falling from roof

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2000

Garrett Past, the Juneau contractor who fell from the roof of a hotel under construction, has died.

Past, who would have turned 46 on July 23, died of complications from injuries in the accident at a building site near the Douglas Bridge, said Rochelle Cordova, a friend of the family.

The owner of Sound Construction, Past was not wearing a safety belt. He fell three stories from the roof to the ground on March 27. He suffered broken ribs, a broken leg, bruised lungs, internal bleeding and abdominal injuries in the fall.

Past has been in intensive care at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for more than two months. He underwent several surgeries there. After the final surgery, a skin graft, infection set in, and there was a loss of oxygen to his brain, Cordova said. After he was diagnosed as brain dead, Past was disconnected from life support at 10:15 a.m. June 9. He died later that day.

``He went in and out of consciousness'' during his lengthy hospital stay, Cordova said. ``He never was able to talk. He was coherent. He would make motions with his hands and feet, but he couldn't really communicate.''

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 9055 Atlin Drive.



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