Coroner rules student’s death accidental, report says


Timothy Piazza’s death has been ruled accidental, according to FOX43.

The Centre Daily Times requested the coroner’s report Monday, but has not yet received a copy.

Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick said that the Penn State student’s death stemmed from injuries he suffered in a fall down the basement stairs of Beta Theta Pi’s fraternity house on the university’s campus.

The alleged fall occurred at about 11 p.m. Thursday, according to State College police, and Piazza’s condition to authorities was not reported until 10:49 a.m. Friday. Piazza was unconscious and unresponsive when police arrived. He was first taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center, flown to Hershey Medical Center and pronounced dead Saturday in Dauphin County.

Penn State and Beta Theta Pi’s general fraternity temporarily suspended the frat’s operations for the duration of the police investigation.

“This cease-and-desist means the chapter is prohibited from hosting or participating in any fraternity or sorority activities social or otherwise, including any new member or pledging activities,” Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers said. “It is no longer considered a recognized student organization at this point in time.”

Piazza, according to his obituary, was a Penn State Thon volunteer and a member of the operations committee.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of a dedicated Thon volunteer,” Thon spokeswoman Sam Sherlock said. “The thoughts and prayers of the entire Thon community are with Tim's family during this time. We will continue to provide resources to the community to help everyone affected. We ask that everyone please respect the privacy of Tim's family during this time.”