Drexel College of Medicine Student Falls to His Death After Jumping Between Rooftops


A 23-year-old third-year medical student at the Drexel College of Medicine fell to his death after he tried to jump between two buildings on Buttonwood Street in North Philadelphia at 2 a.m. on Saturday.

Witnesses said Vivek Subramani fell down two stories and hit his head after missing the jump, CBS Philadelphia reported.

The student graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences at Drexel University in 2017 and was a medical student at the same school at the time of the incident.


He was discovered lying face down in a pool of his own blood as witnesses tried to administer CPR until medics arrived. He was transported to the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Witnesses told reporters that Subramani was drinking with a group at a fraternity party earlier in the evening. He was with two other people at the time of the incident, Scallywag and Vagabond reported.

One witness told Fox29 she had heard Subramani and the group party before, but the party from Friday night sounded different.

“It was really panicky and it started getting louder and louder,” the witness said.

“On behalf of the entire Drexel community, I want to extend my deepest sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Vivek,” Drexel University President John Fry said in a statement. “There are no words to express the sense of loss when any young life is cut so short, and especially for someone with so much promise.”

Authorities found no signs of foul play or narcotics, and a sudden death investigation has been opened for the case.

Subramani, a member of Sigma Beta Rho, was described by his fellow fraternity members on a GoFundMe page as a “bright, young and caring man who was so close to achieving his dreams of becoming a doctor.”

“He would always brighten up any room he walked into and was more than a friend to those who knew him. The brothers of the Philadelphia chapters of Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity, Inc. are devastated by this news and are hoping to help his family in any way possible.”

More than $29,000 has already been raised to help support the Subramani family with funeral costs and medical bills, nearly reaching the $35,000 target as of Jan. 15.

Feature Image via GoFundMe

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