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NIU Police determine September falling death an accident

Northern Illinois University Police concluded their investigation into the death of Oluwarotimi "Timi" Okedina, who died Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, after falling from a window in the Stevenson Towers residence hall complex.

According to a news release, NIU Chief of Police Thomas Phillips said that his department conducted extensive interviews with those who were with the student on the night that he died, as well as others who encountered him that evening. The information gathered through those interviews, along with analysis of all physical evidence at the scene, corroborate the coroner's finding that the death was accidental.

“All evidence points to the student being alone in the room at the time of his death. We believe that the presence of LSD and cannabis in his system impaired his judgment and caused him to ignore the risk of exiting the room through the window, which resulted in the fall,” Phillips said.

Police are continuing a separate investigation into the source of the drugs ingested by Okedina.

Jenna Dooley has spent her professional career in public radio. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois - Springfield. She returned to Northern Public Radio in DeKalb after several years hosting Morning Edition at WUIS-FM in Springfield. She is a former "Newsfinder of the Year" fromthe Illinois Associated Press andrecipient of NIU's Donald R. Grubb Journalism Alumni Award. She is an active member of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association and an adjunct instructor at NIU.