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Berkeley Student Injured in Frat House Fall Still in Critical Condition

By Bay City News
Friday March 02, 2012 - 08:20:00 AM

A University of California at Berkeley freshman who fell two stories from the side of a fraternity building and suffered severe head trauma Saturday night remains hospitalized in critical condition, a Berkeley police spokeswoman said Thursday. 

Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said Andrew Crowley is in a medically-induced coma at Highland Hospital in Oakland because he is suffering from severe brain trauma and head trauma and has bleeding in his brain. 

She said Crowley is from British Columbia and several family members have traveled to the Bay Area to be with him. 

Crowley is on the Cal men's crew team and his older brother Spencer Crowley also was on the team before he graduated last year. 

According to the crew team's roster, Crowley is 6-foot-3 and weighs 190 pounds and attended Brentwood College, a private boarding school on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. 

Kusmiss said Crowley, who is in his 20s, was found unconscious and bleeding after a call at 11:34 p.m. Saturday about someone who had fallen from the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house at 2395 Piedmont Ave. 

Kusmiss said that according to a witness account and on an examination by police officers, it appears that Crowley was trying to scale down the outside of the building by going down a pipe. The drainpipe runs vertically to the roof of the three-story building, she said. 

Crowley made it part way down when the pipe separated from the wall, causing him to fall backwards and ultimately fall to the ground, along with broken pieces of the pipe, Kusmiss said. 

There's no evidence that Crowley was a victim of crime or other foul play so police are classifying the incident as an accident, she said. 

Alcohol played "a significant role" in the incident, Kusmiss said.