Rachel Fiege, IU Freshman, Died After After Friends Waited 6 Hours to Call 911

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
August 26, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Rachel Fiege, a freshman at Indiana University, died after she fell down a flight of stairs.

She was seriously injured after the fall but her friend at the party she was at didn’t call 911 for about six hours after the fall because they thought she was passed out.

She wasn’t breathing when emergency workers arrived, and was pronounced brain dead shortly after arriving at the hospital on August 23, reported the Courier-Journal

Indiana University police are investigating the incident but don’t expect to press charges. 

“Our investigation has led to everything being accidental,” said Interim Chief Laury Flint.

Life-line laws would have protected Fiege’s friends from any charges stemming from calling emergency services, but Flint said they didn’t call because they didn’t realize how injured she was.

Friends and family told the Indiana Daily Student that Fiege was a caring person who wanted to become a nurse. 

“She liked taking care of people,” her mother Angi Fiege, a nurse, said. “We always joked we’d work together.”

“Hopefully this will give me the right words to say to people because I’ve sat in their chair,” she said. 

 

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Reporter
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.