The female Penn State student that fell five stories from an apartment window late Saturday night remains in critical condition Monday evening, family spokesman Randy Jepson said.
Paige Raque, a 19-year-old Penn State varsity cheerleader, sustained a head trauma injury after falling from her apartment window in Calder Commons in downtown State College Saturday night.
Jepson, the Penn State men’s gymnastics coach, said that Raque’s condition is “day-to-day” and she is continuing evaluations and treatment for her head injury.
Raque fell about 39 feet from the apartment window at about 11:45 p.m. Saturday, the State College Police Department said. While the investigation is ongoing, police said the fall has been deemed accidental, though the cause of the fall is still being investigated.
Jepson could not confirm where Raque is currently being treated for her injuries. Police said she was initially taken to Altoona Regional Health System, but the hospital said it could not release any information Monday.
Penn State Spokeswoman Lisa Powers wrote in an email that the university was made aware of the accident that occurred late Saturday night and various organizations within the university have extended their support to Raque’s family.
Representatives of McKinney Properties, which owns Calder Commons, declined to comment on the accident.
But Penn State students have continued to voice their concerns and support for the friend, teammate and family member.
Through the hashtag, “#prayforpaige,” Raque’s teammates and friends spearheaded an effort to raise awareness and prayers for the injured cheerleader.
Raque’s brother, Parker, also a Penn State student and a member of the men’s gymnastics team, provided updates on his sister’s status throughout the day on Twitter. He also thanked friends and family for the continued support.
Jepson first met Paige Raque through her older brother and through his daughter, who was Raque’s roommate during her freshman year at Penn State, he said.
“Paige is a wonderful girl from a very loving family,” Jepson said. “And the Penn State family is very much behind her.
Jepson said the family is requesting that the community keep Paige and her family in their prayers.