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Police: Drinking Was Factor in BU Student Death

Police say Conor Donnelly fell from this fourth-floor balcony at 92 Front Street. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
Police say Conor Donnelly fell from this fourth-floor balcony at 92 Front Street. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Detectives say drinking is believed to have been a contributing factor in the death of a Binghamton University student at a frat party.

The frat house is in a four-story Front Street building just south of Main Street in Binghamton. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
The frat house is in a four-story Front Street building just south of Main Street in Binghamton. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Authorities say 18-year-old Conor Donnelly of Pearl River died Saturday afternoon at Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City.

According to Binghamton police, Donnelly fell when he tried to climb to a third-floor balcony from the fourth-floor balcony on the back side of a building at 92 Front Street. The incident was reported at 2:11 p.m. Saturday.

A red plastic cup in a driveway at 92 Front Street where the frat party had been held. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
A red plastic cup in a driveway at 92 Front Street where the frat party had been held. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

When police arrived at the scene, Donnelly had stopped breathing. CPR was administered and he was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Donnelly was a freshman at Binghamton University. He was attending a house party hosted by Alpha Sigma Phi at its frat house.

Investigators say Donnelly was in the process of pledging to the fraternity. Police say the party was attended by many students. Detectives said there is no evidence Donnelly’s death was the result of hazing.

Police say autopsy findings support that Donnelly had been drinking and “it is believed that this was a contributing factor.”

The death occurred on what had been billed as “New Parade Day,” an event to allow Binghamton University students to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Most students were not in the area on March 4, when the city’s traditional St. Patrick’s parade was held this year.

A view of the back side of the frat house from the Court Street bridge. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
A view of the back side of the frat house from the Court Street bridge. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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