Sophomore Engineering Student Dies After Fall At Penn State Fraternity

A Penn State University student from New Jersey tragically died due to injuries he sustained from a fall while at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity this past Friday, according to reports from the Centre Daily Times and MyCentralJersey. Another report actually states that the student suffered the fall on Thursday night, but the emergency services were not contacted until 10:49 A.M. EST on Friday, nearly 12 hours after the student fell down the steps at the fraternity house. The student was transported to by ambulance to the Mt. Nittany Medical Center Friday morning, and was later flown to the Hershey Medical Center, but was pronounced dead on Saturday morning. An autopsy will be performed by the county.

Timothy Piazza, 19, was a 2015 graduate of Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Readington Township. He was a pledge of the fraternity’s Alpha Upsilon Chapter. An investigation is continuing, and all social activities for the fraternity this past Saturday were canceled. It was also announced on Monday that all activities for the fraternity would be temporarily suspended during the investigation.

Piazza was studying engineering while attending the university. He also played football and track when he was in high school. He was a member of the homecoming court in 2014, and also served as a Red Devil ambassador at Hunterdon Center and on the school’s Teen Prevention Education Program. He did volunteer work to help teach children with special needs how to play sports such as football, basketball, and baseball.

Timothy’s older brother Michael is also a student at Penn State. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Piazza family during this extremely difficult time.

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