A 24-year-old Penn State graduate is in serious condition after falling 15 feet from the rear of 141 South Garner Street at about 3:20 a.m. Friday, according to State College police.
The man was found face down and unconscious. He was initially transported to Nittany Medical Center before he was transferred to UPMC Altoona trauma center for a closed head injury.
Police reviewed video footage of the incident and determined the fall to be accidental. Witnesses told police they believed he was highly intoxicated.
The man typically resides in New Hampshire, but was visiting the State College area for the weekend, according to police.
Saturday is State Patty’s Day, a student-created drinking holiday that has brought in a number of visitors from other areas and colleges over the years.
State College has seen other critical falls, often related to alcohol. In 2017, Timothy Piazza died after a fall down stairs at a Beta Theta Pi fraternity party. Joseph Dado died in 2009, his body found in an outside stairwell. Paige Raque recovered from her fall out of a downtown window in 2012.