Wednesday, May 4, 2011 | 3:11 p.m.
A man who fell to his death from a ninth-floor balcony Monday evening at the Hard Rock Hotel has been identified as a Colorado restaurant operator.
Jim Herman, 38, of Eagle, Colo., was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, where he died a short time later from multiple injuries, according to the Clark County Coroner's Office. The coroner ruled his death accidental.
Metro Police responded to the incident about 7 p.m. Monday. Police said it appears Herman was sitting on a balcony but lost his balance and fell over the side.
Herman was the managing director of Restaurant Avondale in Avon, Colo., near Vail, and had helped to open other restaurants in the Vail area, according to a Vail Daily newspaper report.