A Penn State freshman from Boalsburg died Sunday morning from a fall at the HUB-Robeson Center construction site.
Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers said by email that Jack Crean appeared to have fallen or jumped from a crane inside the secured construction site. Penn State police found Crean’s body between 10:36 a.m. and 11 a.m.
“It’s a sorrowful start to the academic year and our hearts go out to Jack’s family and friends,” Powers said in her email. “The death of a student is painful and tragic, and we are deeply impacted by this loss.”
Powers said university Student Affairs staff have contacted Crean’s family and roommate, and that counseling will be offered to anyone in need. At Atherton Hall on Sunday afternoon, counselors from the university’s Counseling and Psychological Services office and Schreyer Honors College administrators met with Crean’s friends, who shared memories for about an hour.
Centre County Chief Deputy Coroner Judy Pleskonko said an autopsy was done at 9 p.m. Sunday and the cause of death was blunt force trauma. Pleskono said Crean died on impact.
Penn State police declined to comment, but Pleskonko said they are investigating the death.
Penn State freshman Sey Yeaple, a 2014 State College Area High School graduate like Crean, struggled Sunday to absorb the news.
“All I can say is, he was a great friend, (who) cared about all those around him and will be missed very much,” Yeaple said by text message.
At State High, Crean belonged to the school’s Distributive Education Club of America chapter, a business and marketing club. He also worked at the Roar Store, the student-run emporium.
In his senior year, he was chosen second in the Senior Superlatives for “Do it for the Vine,” recognizing his creative spirit.
“He was as loyal of a friend as you can find and all he ever wanted when he was with us was for us to be laughing and enjoying ourselves,” Penn State freshman Mitchell Walker, of State College, a close friend and high school classmate, said by text message.
“He will be forever missed and never forgotten. I love that kid like a brother.”
Sam Schwab, a 2014 State High graduate who just started at the University of Utah, participated in DECA with Crean.
“Jack was always a good friend and had so much potential,” Schwab said in a text message. “Any time I had a question about something to do with business I would go to him. Everyone loved him because he was so outgoing and bright.
“It’s a true loss to the community.”