A Western Washington University (WWU) has died from a fall from a window of Nash Hall, a residence dorm, around 9:45am this morning reports the Bellingham Herald.
According to the report, the 18-year-old student initially survived the fall but died of his injuries.
Police are investigating the fall as a suicide.
Over the past 25 years, falls at the University of Washington and Washington State University (WSU) have been the site of tragic falls leading to death or severe injury. Falls at Washington’s universities have claimed the lives of at least six students in the past 25 years.
The common denominator of many of the falls has been male student between the age of 18 and 21 and often alcohol has been a factor. However, at this point, we do not know the details of what happened at WWU.
Every year when parents send their young adult children to college, they are both proud and full of apprehension. Students are often away from home for the first time in their young lives and face many challenges including academics, meeting new people, and partying.
Suicide by students are not uncommon events. In fact, suicide is the second leading cause of death amongst college age people. Often times, suicide is an impulsive act but other times the victim’s intentions are unclear and their impulse control may have been diminished due to alcohol.
Whatever the cause of this student’s fall, the pain to the family is unfathomable and our sympathies are with them.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. Our personal injury law firm represents people with their premise liability and wrongful death claims.