Penn State student injured in fall from downtown balcony

mmorgan@centredaily.comJanuary 19, 2014 

A 19-year-old Penn State student fell 16 feet from a second-floor balcony at The Palmerton early Sunday, marking at least the seventh time someone fell or jumped from a high place in State College since October 2012, State College police said.

The man was treated at Mount Nittany Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police do not believe foul play was involved, but they believe alcohol to be a factor. The incident occurred at 1:46 a.m. Sunday.

Police served a search warrant Sunday at an apartment in the West Beaver Avenue building as part of the investigation.

In October 2012, Penn State cheerleader Paige Raque fell nearly 40 feet from a window in Calder Commons apartments. She suffered serious brain and hip injuries, and was treated at a Kentucky rehabilitation center.

In December 2012, a then-19-year-old woman fell from a fraternity house window. She fell 8 or 9 feet, according to police, and suffered multiple lacerations

In April, former Penn State student Joshua A. Zornberg died after lunging headfirst through an open window on the sixth-floor of the University Gateway apartment building and falling to the street below. His death was ruled a suicide.

In November, 19-year-old Penn State student Andrew Shearer was injured after falling off a second-floor balcony at The Palmerton. He broke his leg.

Also in November, Penn State student Conor F. MacMannis died after falling from a ninth-floor balcony of Penn Tower onto Beaver Avenue. Police said psychedelic drugs likely played a role in his fall.

And last month, Penn State student Andrew M. Magargle killed himself by jumping from the Fraser Street parking garage.

Matt Morgan can be reached at 235-3928. Follow him on Twitter @MetroMattMorgan.

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