A Patrick County man died of injuries he sustained in a July 16 fall, according to a news release from Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith.
Mabry Slate Hall, 22, of Claudville, succumbed to his injuries on July 28 at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem, N.C.
On July 16 at 12:14 a.m., the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office 911 Emergency Communications Center received a call requesting rescue for a man who had fallen down a flight of stairs. When rescue personnel arrived on scene at 509 South Mayo Drive, they requested assistance from the sheriff’s office, Smith said.
Patrick County Sheriff’s Sgt. Winfred Hill and Deputy Faith Hubbard responded to the scene and began an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fall.
Deputies determined that allegedly 15 to 20 people had been at the residence, most of whom were gathered outside on the driveway and carport. Numerous witnesses were interviewed over the course of several days, according to the sheriff. Statements from those witnesses alleged that Hall and Devin Dickenson, 19, of Ridgeway, became involved in a physical altercation. Both parties reportedly fell over a railing surrounding a flight of stairs in the carport.
Smith said that both men sustained head injuries as a result of the fall.
Hall was transported from the scene by rescue and subsequently airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem, N.C.
Dickenson was treated and released from Sovah Health in Martinsville.
Smith noted that Hall had been transported and Dickenson had been taken from the scene before law enforcement arrived at the scene.
The findings of the investigation, led by Lt. Steve Austin, are being reviewed by Patrick County Commonwealth’s Attorney Dayna Bobbitt, Smith said.
“This is a heartbreaking event for our community. Please pray for comfort for Mabry’s family and friends,” Smith wrote in the release.