Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pitt student dies in fall


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh police and the Allegheny County Medical Examiner are investigat­ing the death of a 21-year-old University of Pittsburgh student who fell between two apartment buildings in Oakland on Friday evening.

Colin Montesano fell about 20 feet to the ground in the 200 block of Meyran Avenue at 8:44 p.m., police said.

He was unconsciou­s when we was taken by paramedics to UPMC Presbyteri­an. He was pronounced dead at 10:02 p.m.

Public Safety spokeswoma­n Sonya Toler said police believe the fall appears to be accidental but they are continuing to investigat­e. She said officers haven’t reported where the victim was before the fall or what caused it.

The medical examiner hasn’t ruled on the cause or manner of death.

The university said Mr. Montesano was a student in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences but his class and major weren’t available. According to his Facebook page, he was an undergradu­ate researcher studying biology and graduated in 2014 from Webster Schroeder High School in Webster, N.Y., a suburb of Rochester.

The university released this statement:

“The University community is saddened by the death of our student, Colin Montesano. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends, and all who knew him."

The university said the University Counseling Center has counselors available around the clock at 412648-7930.

The Webster Central School District also issued a statement: “Webster CSD was saddened to learn of the passing of Colin Montesano, a 2014 graduate of Webster Schroeder High School. We extend our condolence­s to his family and friends during this difficult time.”

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