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Hunterdon Central graduate dies after fall at Penn State fraternity

STATE COLLEGE, PA – A Hunterdon County man attending Penn State University died on Saturday from injuries he sustained in a fall at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity on Thursday night.

Timothy Piazza, 19, of Lebanon, NJ, a sophomore engineering student, attended a party at the fraternity and fell down the basement steps around 11 p.m. When police responded to a call at 10:49 a.m. to the fraternity house on Friday, police found Piazza unconscious, State College police said.

Piazza was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center Friday morning. He was later flown to Hershey Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead Saturday morning by the Dauphin County coroner, police said.

Police said fraternity members are cooperating with the ongoing investigation and the department is obtaining video from inside the fraternity. Police also are working closely with Penn State Student Affairs, police said.

According to a statement on the fraternity chapter’s website, it has been temporarily suspended by the national Beta Theta Pi and Penn State:

“Our chapter is mourning the loss of Tim Piazza, a student who recently accepted an invitation to join our fraternity. It is believed that Tim’s death stemmed from an accidental injury sustained from a fall in the chapter house. We are working closely with our General Fraternity to determine how this happened, and are fully cooperating with police and Penn State administrators in their own investigations. While additional statements and information will be released once confirmed, our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this difficult time. Both the University and General Fraternity have temporarily suspended chapter operations during this period of investigation.”

“Our deepest sympathy goes out to Tim’s family and friends during this mournful time,” Penn State spokeswoman Lisa caps said.

Piazza was a 2015 Hunterdon Central Regional High School graduate. He also played football at Hunterdon Central and was the Homecoming court in 2014.

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By: Jay Edwards
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