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HS football standout falls from Athens parking deck; video shows someone with him before he fell

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. — A Cherokee County teen is recovering in a local hospital after he fell from a parking garage in Athens.

Police in Athens are trying to figure out what happened Tuesday night at the West Washington Street parking garage.

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Officers said 18-year-old Tyler Douthit fell out of a window.

According to the police report, everything happened around 2:40 a.m. on Sunday. They said the victim was on the fourth floor of the parking deck when he somehow fell and landed on the railing.

Police said a witness saw Douthit fall as he was driving by.

Security also told the officer there was another person with Douthit in the parking deck, just before he fell.

The security officer said surveillance video didn’t show the incident. However, it did show someone running away from the parking deck at the time.

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Douthit is an offensive tackle at Woodstock High School in Cherokee County and he recently signed to play football for Samford next year. He was voted ‘Most Outstanding Senior’ at the school.

Cherokee County Schools Superintendent Brian Hightower released the following statement:

“We are devastated by the news of Tyler’s injuries. Tyler is an outstanding student-athlete with a huge circle of people who care about him. He and his family are in my prayers.”

Douthit’s mother, Melissa Douthit, told Channel 2 Action News that she is thankful that the community is respecting the family’s privacy as her son heals.

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