Ohio man dies in fall through roof of Columbus store

An Ohio man died after falling nearly 30-feet through a skylight at the Columbus Sam’s Club store Tuesday afternoon.

According to Columbus Fire Department reports, firefighters were called to the store on Merchants Mile at about 2:19 p.m. Tuesday on a report of a person being injured. They found Columbus Police and Columbus Regional Health paramedics providing CPR to an unconscious man found on the floor of the business.

Employees said that the man had been working on the roof of the building, and had fallen through a roof top skylight to the floor below. Despite the efforts of first responders, 42-year-old Pedro Gonzalez of West Chester, Ohio died at the scene from his injuries.

Early reports say that Gonzalez was working as a roofer when he slipped leading to his 27-foot fall. The Bartholomew County Coroners Office says Gonzalez suffered fractures to the skull and cervical spine in the fall. But the case remains under investigation and the coroner’s office can not yet pronounce the cause and manner of death.