Man plunges off 100-foot tall PG&E tower


A man who suffered life-threatening injuries Tuesday after he fell off a 100-foot tall PG&E transmission tower in Santa Rosa has been identified by police, however, they are withholding his identity until his family has been notified, police said Thursday.

The man was identified through fingerprints, which were obtained by the University of California at Davis Police Department.

On Wednesday, police had asked for the public’s help to identify the man, who was only descried as being a Latino man believed to be in his mid to late 20s, small in stature and with black hair.

The man fell at about 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, near 56 W. Sixth St., near the Santa Rosa Creek, police said.

When police and fire officials responded, they found the man on the ground. Witnesses told fire officials that the man was near the bottom cross arm of the tower, approximately 80 feet up, when he was shocked and fell to the ground, landing on dry grass.

The dry grass then caught fire, fire officials said.

Witnesses pulled him from the burning grass and used fire extinguishers to stop the blaze, which burned an area about 20 feet in diameter.

The incident caused about 2,200 people to briefly lose power.

The victim suffered significant burns and trauma and was treated at the scene before he was taken to a local trauma center. He was then flown by air ambulance to the University of California at Davis for further care, fire officials said.

Anyone with information about his identity is asked to contact police at (707) 528-5222.

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