Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Monday, October 19, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Night 57° Partly Cloudy
News >  Crime/Public Safety

WSU student in critical condition after falling from dorm window

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017

WSU’s Pullman campus, seen from above. (Shawn Jacobson / The Spokesman-Review)
WSU’s Pullman campus, seen from above. (Shawn Jacobson / The Spokesman-Review)
By Drew Gerber The Spokesman-Review

An 18-year-old Washington State University student is in critical condition after falling out of a second-story window early Thursday morning.

The student fell out of a window in a Pullman campus residence hall, Duncan Dunn Hall, just before 2 a.m., when he apparently was in the room alone, said WSU Assistant Police Chief Steve Hansen.

The student was originally taken to Pullman Regional Hospital before being flown to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Hansen said.

The circumstances of the fall are still under investigation, he said.

The incident is just the latest in a series of serious falls on the campus, many of which have taken place at fraternity or sorority houses.

Exactly a year ago, on Aug. 24, a 22-year-old man from Hayden Lake fell roughly 30 feet from the roof of WSU’s Kappa Delta sorority. Reports said that alcohol was involved. The man sustained injuries that were not life-threatening.

Two weeks later, on Sept. 10, a 19-year-old student fell from a balcony in the 800 block of Northeast Monroe Street. He initially refused treatment, but later committed himself to Pullman Regional Hospital.

At least four students injured themselves in falls while drinking in 2015. In 2012, five were hurt in similar fashion, according to newspaper archives.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter

Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.


New health insurance plans available November 1 through Washington Healthplanfinder

 (Photo courtesy WAHBE)
Sponsored

Fall means the onset of the cold and flu season.