Cal Frat Member Gravely Injured in Fall

Witnesses said freshman was drunk at the time of the fall.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012  |  Updated 7:44 AM PDT
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Cal Frat Member Gravely Injured in Fall

Cal Crew Team

This is the crew team photo of Andrew Crowley.

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A popular student at Cal is fighting for his life today after falling from the side of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house Saturday night.

Berkeley police said the man, identified by the Oakland Tribune as freshman Andrew Crowley, was attempting to crawl down a drain pipe when the pipe separated from the wall. He fell several feet and hit his head around 11:30 p.m.

The Tribune also reported his condition as "grim."

When police arrived they said he was unconscious and bleeding.

Officers said Crowley, "displayed objective symptoms of alcoholic beverage intoxication.”

Police said there were no signs of foul play and have determined the fall to be an accident.

The Daily Cal reported that Crowley is a member of the college crew rowing team. The Cal crew page says he is from British Columbia, Canada. It said his older brother Spencer was also a Cal rower when he attended Berkeley.  The older brother was also a member of Fiji (Phi Gamma Delta) when he attended Cal, according to fellow students on campus.

A fellow fraternity member told NBC Bay Area that doctors were keeping Crowley in a controlled coma until the swelling in his brain went down. He said the Crowley was at the fraternity alone Saturday night because most of the other guys were attending a party at a different frat.

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