Carlow University Student Dies After Falling From 5th-Floor Balcony

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A Carlow University student has died after falling nearly 50-feet from a balcony at a campus building.

The student fell five-stories from the balcony on the top floor of the University Commons building, located on Fifth Avenue in Oakland, in the middle of the university’s campus. It happened around 4:15 p.m.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner Office’s identifies the victim as 19-year-old Dalton Bacco of West View. He was a freshman at the university and a graduate of North Hills High School.

Bacco was rushed to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in very critical condition, but later died from his injuries.

Brooke Bagnell, a Carlow student, said, “Everybody was crying, everybody was upset. This is a small campus; it’s almost like going to high school. Everybody ran outside. If they weren’t already out here, they ran out, and were comforting their friends that saw it. I had friends that saw it.”

Christine D’Antonio’s Report:

It’s now up to Pittsburgh Police and the medical examiner to determine if the fall was an accident or intentional.

Pittsburgh Police spokeswoman Emily Schaeffer said, “The fall did not appear to be accidental or suspicious, but the investigation is ongoing.”

It is finals week at Carlow University and Bacco’s tragic death has shaken the campus to its core.

Drew Wilson, a Carlow University spokesman, said, “Our deepest sympathy goes out to friends and family of this student. It’s devastating. I’ve been here 13 years and never dealt with anything like this.”

The University Commons building houses the student center, library and the president’s office is on the fifth floor.

Pittsburgh Police, Carlow campus police and University of Pittsburgh campus police investigated.

A prayer service is scheduled for Thursday at noon in memory of Dalton Bacco.  It will be held at the Mother of Sisters of Mercy Chapel in the Convent on the campus of Carlow University.

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