Police: Binghamton University freshman dies after falling from balcony at house party

Photo courtesy: WBNG News

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- A freshman at Binghamton University died on Saturday after falling from a balcony at a house party, according to WBNG News.

Just after 2:00 p.m. Binghamton Police responded to 92 Front Street after reports that a man had fallen from the fourth floor balcony of a home.

Police say that 18-year-old Conor Donnelly from a New York City suburb was taken to UHS Wilson Hospital and passed away shortly afterwards.

Donnelly allegedly fell after he tried to climb to a third floor balcony from the fourth floor balcony.

Authories say the college freshman's death has been ruled accidental.

"Autopsy findings support that Donnelly had been drinking and it is believed that this was a contributing factor," according to a news release that WBNG News in Binghamton obtained.

Officers say that Donnelly was at a house party that was being hosted by Alpha Sigma at the time of the incident.

"Donnelly was in the process of pledging to the fraternity. The party was attended by numerous students and there is no evidence that Donnelly's death was the result of hazing," police said in the news release.

The University also released the following statement regarding the death of one of their students:

Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger is saddened to announce that Conor Donnelly, a Binghamton University freshman from Pearl River, N.Y., died accidentally Saturday, March 18, while off campus. Binghamton Police are investigating and no other details are available at this time.
It is always difficult to lose someone, Stenger said, but it is especially difficult to lose a young member of our campus community so suddenly.
Staff from the University Counseling Center (UCC) is available in UU-215 today for students who are affected by this death and wish to speak with someone. During normal business hours, the UCC can be reached by calling 607-777-2772.

The accident is still under investigation and anyone with further information is asked to called Binghamton Police at (607) 772-7080.

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