Police: York College student likely injured in fall

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
  • Anyone with information about how the student was hurt is asked to call police at 717-843-0851.
  • York College also is asking anyone with information to call campus safety officers at 717-815-1314.

Preliminary information indicates a York College student found injured on campus over the weekend was the victim of an accidental fall, according to police and school officials.

But Spring Garden Township Police Chief George Swartz and York College spokeswoman Mary Dolheimer said investigations into how the young woman suffered her injuries remain ongoing.

York College. Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017.

Witnesses are being sought to help determine what happened — and to help township police and the Campus Safety Office piece together a timeline of events.

The young woman, whose name is being withheld by The York Dispatch, was taken to York Hospital for treatment, according to Dolheimer.

Her condition could not be obtained from York Hospital.

Security, ambulance called: Campus safety officers were called to a room inside the Spring Garden Apartments, where they found the injured student, Dolheimer said.

York College's online daily crime and fire log states that an ambulance was called to the residence hall at 2:40 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.

Swartz said the information gathered by his officers indicates the woman's injuries were the result of an accidental fall, apparently from a residence-hall balcony.

"We are aware there is information being disseminated that this might not be the case," he told The York Dispatch. "We are currently looking into that information, along with York College security."

York College. Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017.

Some people have posted comments on York College's Facebook page that question whether the student fell or was the victim of a crime.

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More interviews coming: Swartz said no final determinations have been made.

"We are still looking into the incident, with more interviews to be conducted," he said.

Dolheimer confirmed an accidental fall from a balcony is one scenario being considered by investigators.

"We have received no information ... to indicate there was criminal activity involved in the incident," she said, and urged people with any information to come forward.

"We continue to seek information from students so we can put together a timeline of the incident," Dolheimer said. "The initial investigation has indicated to us that this was an accident, but we are continuing to investigate the circumstances around it."

York College. Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017.

Swartz urged anyone with information about what happened to call Spring Garden Township Police at 717-843-0851.

Dolheimer is asking those with information to call York College's Campus Safety Office at 717-815-1314.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.