Updated on: 2/18/2019
University of Washington Police officials say that a student who was critically injured after slipping on a reportedly icy campus sidewalk Wednesday morning has succumbed to her injuries.
Campus officials received calls about a person who had fallen on the icy sidewalk near the university’s Electrical Engineering building just after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, adding that the woman had suffered a serious head injury as a result of the fall.
She was transported to nearby Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for emergency medical attention, and officials later announced that she had passed away, presumably due to the head trauma. Witnesses said that the sidewalk where she fell was iced over at the time.
Officials did not provide additional details to news outlets. UW Police spokesperson Steve Rittereiser expressed his condolences to the family, stating, “we are all deeply stunned by this unfortunate accident.”
Liability For Slip & Fall Injuries On A University Campus
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