UMass student dies of injuries suffered in off-campus fall

Last modified: Thursday, January 31, 2013
AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts student died from injuries she suffered in a fall while walking with friends on Fearing Street on the night of Nov. 16.

The woman is not being identified by university officials based on the wishes of her family and privacy considerations, said UMass spokesman Edward Blaguszewski.

No campus-wide notifications were made following her death, Blaguszewski said.

First Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Steven Gagne said in a statement that the fall was accidental.

“No foul play was involved,” Gagne said. “Out of respect for her family, we do not intend to release the student’s name.”

Amherst police logs show that officers assisted with a medical call on Fearing Street Nov. 16 at 11:43 p.m.

Amherst Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson confirmed that an Amherst Fire Department ambulance responded to Fearing Street, which is located just south of the campus, where they found the injured woman at about 11:45 p.m.

Nelson said the woman had been drinking prior to the accident, but it was unclear if her fall was caused by the alcohol she had consumed.

“How much alcohol played a factor in that, we’re not sure,” Nelson said.

Assistant Fire Chief Donald McKay said the ambulance crew got to the scene and immediately transported the woman, who had suffered a head injury, to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

“Some folks just lost their daughter,” Nelson said. “That, to me, is the toughest part.”