SAVANNAH, GA (March 16,  2012): A Kentucky man died this morning after he fell over the handrail of a Factors Walk stairway in front of an approaching patrol car and an officer on foot.


Douglas Welch, 57, of Nicholasville, KY., was on a metal stairway leading from Rossiter Circle or Emmet Park to the 400 block of Factors Walk when he fell over the metal handrail onto the stone walkway.


The two Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department officers witnessed the fall about 12:30 a.m. and attempted to render aid. Responding emergency medical technicians declared him dead at the scene.


SCMPD Criminal Investigations detectives contacted his family in Kentucky shortly after the fall.




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