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American student falls to his death in Rome

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American student falls to his death in Rome
File photo of the Ponte Sisto in Rome, close to where the American student fell. Photo: zak mc
16:56 CEST+02:00
A 21-year-old American student fell 15 metres to his death during the early hours of Tuesday morning. According to reports, the young man had been sitting on a wall close to the Ponte Sisto on the banks on the Tiber river when he fell.
The young man, identified by La Repubblica newspaper as Andrew Cate Carr, a student at John Cabot University, “may have climbed onto the wall while joking around, then tripped and fell,” according to the chief police officer at Trevi police station.  
 
Police have interviewed some of the victim’s friends who were present at the scene of the accident.
 
"We saw a person walk and jump onto the parapet," witnesses told police, before reporting seeing him stumble and fall off the wall.
 
Police have not yet determined whether the young man had been drinking that night.
 
Carlo Rienzi, President of Codacons - an Italian association for both the defence of the environment and consumer rights - told La Repubblica that this is the third time that an incident of this kind has occurred on the Tiber embankment in the last five years.
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