Neighbors React To Student Falling Off Roof at Fraternity House

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

Matthew Silver lives on Main street right next door from the Delta Chi fraternity.

He usually hears when there's a party, But on Saturday the noise was something else.

"A lot of the ambulance, a lot of the police cars and a lot of the fire department came over to that direction so we wanted to see what was happening," Silver said.

Harrisonburg Police say around 1:45 p.m., James Madison University Senior Elizabeth Vincent fell from the rooftop at the Delta Chi house.

They say she was taking pictures before falling three stories.

Silver didn't see what happened, but he did see the aftermath.

"We just saw them putting her in the gurney and then putting her in the gurney and putting her into the ambulance," Silver said.

Vincent was flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center.

She is stable but remains in the Intensive Care Unit recovering.

Members of Delta Chi were at the scene while it happened and hours after.

They declined to comment and didn't want WHSV-TV3 to get video of the house or their Greek letters.

Neighbor Justin Washington said this is not the first time he has seen people on Delta Chi's rooftop.

"I've never seen him do anything crazy. But I've seen them up there," Washington said.

Neighbor Angelika Ziegler said students in this area hang out on roofs all the time, but never this serious.

"The only way that someone can fall off is if they're intoxicated or if they're not paying attention. It's not that dangerous unless you know what's happening," Ziegler said.

Washington said at least this can be a lesson.

"It's a warning to people to not do crazy things when they're partying or at any time, you know and to be safe," Washington said.

Delta Chi vice president said they will comment about the incident in a few days.

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