Report: Student rammed window before falling from 11th floor
NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say a University of Southern Mississippi student fell through a closed 11th-story hotel window onto a hotel's fourth-floor pool deck and died.
An email Tuesday from the coroner's office identifies the dead man as 20-year-old Cole Whaley, and says he died early Saturday at the DoubleTree Hotel.
According to a WWLTV report, Whaley broke through the sealed window after repeatedly yelling, "let's go swimming" and ramming the window three times with his shoulder.
Witnesses also reported Whaley said "I wish we had a balcony so that we could view this awesome pool below us" before the glass shattered.
According to WWLTV, one of the fraternity brothers asked Whaley to stop ramming the window because the glass was shaking.
The University of Southern Mississippi told Hattiesburg news outlets that Whaley was a student from Mobile, Alabama, and was in New Orleans for an off-campus function of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.
The coroner's office statement says toxicology tests are pending.
Asked how Whaley came to fall through a closed window and whether roughhousing was involved, police spokesman Dawne Massey wrote in an email that the police department "is still collecting witness statements."
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