IU student critically injured in fall at Bloomington house

Police not notified for several hours

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A freshman at Indiana University was critically injured after she fell down a flight of stairs at a party in a house near the Bloomington campus.

The incident happened early Friday morning in the 800 block of North Park Avenue, not far from the football stadium.

Police said the 19-year-old female fell between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., but police didn’t receive a call until nearly 8 a.m.

The IU police chief said the department did not receive a call until several hours after the student fell.

"She was monitored by persons in the house on and off. At approximately 7:30 this morning, she was found to be unresponsive and they contacted our department," Chief Laury Flint said.

Neighbors couldn’t believe that no one called for help for several hours after the girl fell.

When police arrived, they administered first aid and medics took the student to the hospital in critical condition.

Sarvesh Somisetty, a junior, said that people who throw parties need to take responsibility.

"Just be careful, especially when you're having parties like this and you know people who weren't necessarily invited come by, If you're the host of the party, make sure you're walking around making sure everyone is at least OK," Somisetty said.

Many students are not aware of Indiana’s new lifeline law that provides protection for students who are afraid of underage drinking citations.

Stefanie Callimanis, also a junior, explained why some students are afraid to call police.

"We're just young, we're scared. It's hard because if we get in trouble like that, it could change the rest of our college experience, you'll be under watch,” Callimanis said. "I think it would great if the police honestly would come educate us on it, let us know, have information sessions and say really this law is put in place for this exact reason to save lives."  

Police were not releasing the name of the student at the request of her family.

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