University Cheerleader Dies After Falling From Rooftop
UK — An undergraduate at the University of Bath died in the early hours of Saturday morning after falling from a rooftop in the city. Vanessa Clarke, aged 22, was a third year computer science with business student and a keen member of the University’s cheerleading squad, the Bath Jets.
Police were called to the Travis Perkins warehouse on Lower Bristol Road at approximately 4am on Saturday. Miss Clarke had fallen 20 feet (around 6 metres) from the roof of the builder’s merchant establishment on to a concrete floor. Paramedics’ attempts to revive her were unsuccessful and she was declared dead at the scene.
It is not known why Miss Clarke had climbed to the roof of the building, although police have ruled out any criminal motive. Speculations that her fall was the unintended consequence of an alcohol-fuelled prank have been forwarded. A popular student pub, The Green Park Tavern, is situated nearby and it is possible that Miss Clarke had been drinking at this venue.
This is not the first incident in which a university student has died after falling onto concrete. Last November a male student in Plymouth fell over 8 feet and suffered fatal injuries, again in the early hours of a Saturday morning. He was with a group of friends at the time and is thought to have tripped over a low wall into the yard of a basement flat.
Miss Clarke was from Coverack in Cornwall and had recently undertaken a management consultancy work placement in London. Her family have been informed of her death, which Avon and Somerset officers are treating as a tragic accident.
The University of Bath has issued a statement expressing its condolences to Miss Clarke’s family and friends. On Midland Bridge Road, close to the site where she fell, colourful bouquets of flowers and a Bath Jets squad top have been left on railings in tribute. Friends have also expressed grief on Twitter, praising the hard-work ethic of their lost peer.
Although the death is not being treated as suspicious, investigations into the circumstances surrounding Miss Clarke’s fall are being continued by the coroner’s office. Travis Perkins is also conducting an internal investigation
into the accident.