Northampton teenager who died after multi-storey car park fall told paramedic she didn’t jump

Lauren Eley
Lauren Eley

A 17-year-old girl who died after she fell off an upper level of a Northampton car park was “adamant” she had not jumped, the paramedic who treated her at the scene has told an inquest.

Lauren Elisabeth Eley, formerly of Burtram Close, Weston Favell, died at Northampton General Hospital on December 11, 2004, as a result of “multiple injuries” she suffered after falling an estimated 18 metres from the top of a stairwell in the Grosvenor Centre car park.

An inquest in Northampton heard evidence from paramedic Anya Donald, who was first on the scene to treat Lauren.

Mrs Donald said the teenager was conscious and had her eyes open when she first saw her.

The paramedic said she asked Lauren if she had jumped.

Mrs Donald said: “I must have asked her three or four times if she had jumped and she was adamant that she hadn’t.

“She said that she did not know what had happened.”

The paramedic said she had been given Lauren’s phone by a group of youths who said they’d found it on the second floor.

She noticed that Lauren had a bruise around her left eye and a cut on her cheek.

Mrs Donald helped treat Lauren for her serious injuries before she was transferred by ambulance to Northampton General Hospital.

In a statement by paramedic Alan Boon, who also treated Lauren, he said the teenager also told him that she “could not remember” how she fell.

The inquest also heard evidence from Stephen Henderson, a incident investgation consultant who wrote a report in 2005 analysing Lauren’s fall.

Mr Henderson concluded that Lauren’s injuries were consistent with a fall from the upper level of the multi-storey car park.

His analysis of the scene found that Lauren was not “projected away” from the building when she fell.

Mr Henderson said part of her body may have come into contact with the building as she fell and he “could not eliminate” the possibility the fall may have been assisted by another person.

The inquest continues.