IU student dies after she falls from balcony

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Authorities say an Indiana University student has died after she and another student fell from a balcony during a party at an apartment.

Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer told The Herald Times that 20-year-old Linden Whitt died from spinal cord injuries in her neck shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

Whitt and 20-year-old Joseph Lao were taken to the hospital after falling 6 to 8 feet from a balcony early Friday. Hospital officials did not immediately have information on Lao's condition.

Bloomington Lt. Bill Parker said one witness told police Lao had been sitting and leaning against a railing and Whitt was standing in front of Lao and leaning against him before they fell.

University spokesman Mark Land said Whitt was a sophomore from Mishawaka.


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