PICTURED: Identical twin, 19, is crushed to death at a house party attended by 600 students after she fell down the stairs and was trampled on
- Sophia Crestani was crushed to death at a university part in New Zealand
- The 19-year-old fell down stairs as ‘500-600’ guests were running outside
- The teen was in her second year of university and celebrating the end of exams
The students were reportedly spooked by something and, as panic set in, 19-year-old fashion enthusiast Sophia Crestani was trampled trying to flee the residence
A teenage girl was crushed to death by her peers at a house party after she fell down a flight of stairs.
Between 500 and 600 University of Otago students attended an end of exams celebration party in Dunedin, New Zealand, on Saturday night.
The party reportedly got out of hand and as ‘panic set in’, 19-year-old fashion enthusiast Sophia Crestani was trampled.
She was reportedly one of hundreds of students trying to escape the renowned party house.
Ms Crestani grew up in Wellington with her identical twin sister before moving to Dunedin to attend university two years ago.
The second-year student had previously expressed an interest in design and had modelling and acting profiles online.
A student who was at the party told the NZ Herald ‘panic set in’ after guests saw Ms Crestani fall.
The guest said the crowds made people ‘slip and fall’ all over the stairs throughout the night.
‘She may have been trampled. I went outside and saw her lying on the ground being given CPR.’
Ms Crestani (left) grew up in Wellington with her identical twin sister before moving to Dunedin to attend university two years ago
‘People started falling down the stairs onto one another, that’s when the panic set in, people thinking ‘I don’t want to be the one on the floor’.
‘I don’t think a lot of people realised what happened. It was awful. It was so totally packed, once you’re under, you’re under.”
Otago Coastal Area commander Inspector Marty Gray held a press conference after Ms Crestani’s death insisting it was ‘too early’ to understand the circumstances.
‘It’s not a time to sort of point fingers or to indicate that anything sinister went on. It’s for us to rally around this community who are hurting and for a very good reason,’ Insp Gray said.
The party was reportedly held as a ‘farewell’ to the building – known as ‘The Manor’ which had been used to host parties for years prior to the university selling it
He said his department were initially contacted by Campus Watch at 11.55pm on Saturday night asking them to shut down a party at a recently sold student accommodation building.
The party was reportedly held as a ‘farewell’ to the building – known as ‘The Manor’ which had been used to host parties for years prior to the university selling it.
Five minutes later, they received another call. A partygoer pleaded with police to come and help clear everybody out.
‘When our officers arrived there was… about 500 or 600 partygoers, a lot of them anxious, a lot of them trying to get out of the premises, a lot of them trying to get in the premises, a lot of disorganisation, a lot of uncertainty, a lot of anxiety,’ he said.
‘The victim was carried out of the house by other people and resuscitation attempts were made at that time.’
Two other students were reportedly injured at the party.