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Man's fall from 400 Towers in June ruled accidental

By Alecia Kaus

The Batavia Police Department has concluded an investigation regarding the death of William E. Hastings, who fell from a window of 400 Towers June 12, 2012.

The Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office has determined that the fall was accidental and toxicology points to a very high level of medication in his system causing him to be intoxicated at the time of his death.

Batavia Police say Hastings was alone in his apartment at the time of the incident. He spent a large amount of time at the window of his apartment observing the parking lot area to the east of the housing complex.

The investigation also revealed Hastings had a habit of abusing cough medication. The investigation, including an examination of the scene, has indicated his death was likely the result of an accidental fall.

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