Update: Police said Tuesday afternoon that UC Berkeley freshman Andrew Crowley is in a coma in the hospital after falling off the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house — commonly known as Fiji — Saturday night.
Crowley, who is on the Cal men’s crew team, is currently in the intensive-care unit at Highland General Hospital in Oakland after he suffered severe head trauma and a broken neck from his fall, according to Sgt. Mary Kusmiss, spokesperson for the Berkeley Police Department. Kusmiss described Crowley’s condition as “critical, but stabilized.”
Alameda County Medical Center spokesperson Jerri Randrup confirmed Tuesday evening that Crowley is in critical condition.
While Crowley remains unconscious, Kusmiss said she was not sure whether the coma was induced by medicine or if Crowley could not be awoken at all.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Andrew and his family as they cope with this unfortunate set of circumstances,” said Sandy Barbour, Cal’s athletic director, in an email Monday. “We are assisting his parents with whatever support we can provide and coordinating with doctors at Highland Hospital and Cal personnel to aid in any way possible. All of us in Cal Athletics wish Andrew a speedy and full recovery.”
Police responded to a call at 11:34 p.m. Saturday and found Crowley unconscious with “obvious head trauma and a lot of bleeding” between the Fiji fraternity house at 2395 Piedmont Ave. and the neighboring fraternity house, Phi Kappa Tau, at 2335 Piedmont Ave., according to Kusmiss.
Kusmiss said in an email that witness accounts and BPD examination of the scene indicate that Crowley was trying to scale the exterior of the building by climbing a drain pipe that runs vertically to the roof of the three-story building. The student apparently almost made it to the third floor of the building when the pipe separated from the wall and he fell backwards, according to Kusmiss.
Crowley showed signs of alcohol intoxication, according to Kusmiss. She said there is no evidence of foul play and that the department is treating the incident as a “terrible accident”, according to Kusmiss but per BPD protocol, “homicide detectives were notified due to the severity of the young man’s injuries.”
Kusmiss said the police department’s detectives are in regular contact with Crowley’s family.
According to Crowley’s Facebook, he was born in British Columbia and attended Brentwood College School, a boarding school in British Columbia. Crowley is not a member of either fraternity.
Crowley is 6-foot-3 and weighs 190 pounds, according to the Cal men’s crew roster. Crowley’s brother, Spencer Crowley, is a former Cal men’s rower who graduated last year, according to Barbour. Spencer Crowley was a member of Phi Gamma Delta, according to the fraternity’s website.
“(Andrew Crowley) is a young man who is just beginning his college career, with an opportunity to follow in the path of his older brother,” Barbour said in the email.
Staff writer Daphne Chen contributed to this report.
Sarah Burns and Soumya Karlamangla are the city news editors.