Student, 18, died after slipping and falling from the third floor stairs at the university

The Manchester Metropolitan University student, just 18 in his first year, tragically died after slipping from the stairs despite his friends desperately trying to save him

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William King tripped on the stairs at his college place

An 18-year-old student tragically died after falling from the third floor of a university dormitory stairs causing severe head injuries, an inquest has heard.

William King, 18, who has been described as “funny and outgoing” dropped from a band manager just a month after he enrolled at Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester Evening News reports.

A close friend tried to catch him before he fell, but sadly failed to reach him in time and William suffered a broken spine and incurable head injury from the fall, which occurred on October 29 of last year.

He died tragically in the hospital a week later with his family by his side.

William, who has moved to study from his family home in London, enjoyed some drinks at his friend Jasmine’s apartment, just above his, on the third floor of Cambridge South Halls, Cavendish Street .

The coroner said the fall left the 18-year-old freshman with pelvic bleeding, broken spine and severe head trauma.

When the group of friends decided they wanted to go out into the yard, on the ground floor, William went ahead and said he “knew a shortcut”, the Manchester coroner’s court inquest heard on February 21. .

He then jumped onto the railing at the top of the stairs, before his hand slipped and fell to the ground.

He was taken by paramedics to the Royal Manchester Infirmary before being transferred to the Royal Salford Infirmary a day later, on 30 October.

In an eyewitness account, friend Tom Carter said William had ‘not been drinking excessively’ on that autumn night.

“We listened to music and drank alcohol,” he said. I know he’s been drinking but not excessively.

“He is still aware of what is happening around him.

“We decided we wanted to relax in the courtyard and when we walked out the front door of the apartment, William was ahead of me.

“The situation changed in an instant.

William, 18 years old, was brought to the hospital from the university hall


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“I saw William on the other side of the fence and he joked that he was going to take a shortcut.

“Then I saw him fall over the barrier and we ran downstairs to find him on the floor. We checked his pulse and gave him first aid and called 999”.

In another statement read by Coroner Meadows, close friend Jasmine Bussue added that when he fell she tried to catch him but failed to reach him in time.

She said: “He is a close friend of mine and he always wants to make people happy and laughing.

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“We were in my kitchen drinking and chatting with friends.

“I don’t know what he means by ‘shortcut’. Then he climbed over the balcony and I think he was just joking.

“I asked him what he was doing but he slipped and I tried to grab his arm but I couldn’t reach him.”

Mr J Evans, a consultant neurosurgeon at Salford Royal confirmed William’s blood had never been tested by the Royal Manchester Infirmary.

He also cited that the 18-year-old freshman had suffered pelvic bleeding, broken spine and severe head trauma following the fall.

Senior Director of Investigations Nigel Meadows told the court that he witnessed CCTV footage taken on a fall night.

He said William could be seen ‘walking out from the apartment to the stairs’ before he ‘jumped over the balcony’ where he briefly stayed.

Mr Meadows added: ‘Then his hand seemed to lose its grip and disappeared from view.

In a written statement read in court by Mr Evans, William’s mother Cathy Reilly said he was “healthy, active and athletic” and an “enthusiastic student”.

She said that he takes his health very seriously and will regularly send him packages of healthy food.

Concluding, Mr Meadows said that William’s death was accidental and that the medical cause of his death was a severe head injury he sustained after the fall.

“Obviously he had a very severe injury, so severe that nothing could be done,” he said.

“He was trying to hold onto the balcony and we will never know why he did that, however he fell and couldn’t be stopped.”

Speaking to William’s mother, who appeared via videolink, he added: “He’s only been away for a few weeks and starting his university life and I can imagine you were shocked when you were called back. this accident.

“Losing one’s own child is the greatest grieving burden anyone can bear.

“Young people are very enthusiastic and often think they are bulletproof and can do risky and foolish things.”

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