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World 'Enthusiastic spirit': Student, 19, crushed to death in house party pile-up

06:15  09 october  2019
06:15  09 october  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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PICTURED: Identical twin, 19 , is crushed to death at a house party attended by 600 students Between 500 and 600 University of Otago students attended an end of exams celebration party in Ms Crestani grew up in Wellington with her identical twin sister before moving to Dunedin to attend

A New Zealand college student fell down the stairs and was trampled to death at an out-of-control house party Sophia Crestani, 19 , was fatally crushed Saturday night at a packed house near the University of Crestani, a second-year student , was found unresponsive at the bottom of the pile .

a woman posing for a picture: Sophia Crestani was crushed by the weight of dozens of partygoers.© Supplied Sophia Crestani was crushed by the weight of dozens of partygoers. The New Zealand city of Dunedin is in shock and mourning after 19-year-old student was crushed to death in a freak accident at a house party attended by hundreds of people.

Sophia Crestani died when dozens of people became caught in a pile-up on a stairwell at a student house just before midnight on Saturday.

One witness said the pile-up happened by accident as people walking up the stairs collided with people going down.

"They started to fall backwards and when the people at the top started falling it was kind of like dominoes – everyone went down and the people at the bottom of the stairs just ended up in a pile of people," he told Stuff.

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A 19 -year-old woman was fatally crushed under 'a pile of people' at the bottom of a house party 's staircase. A 19 -year-old student attending a house party in New Zealand was crushed to death on a staircase, where revelers were pushing and shoving in every direction.

READ MORE: * Student dies after 'deeply shocking' incident at Dunedin house party * One dead , two injured after stairwell Dozens of bouquets line a hedge in front of The Manor on Monday, in the heart of Dunedin's student quarter, where Sophia Crestani died after being crushed in a staircase pile - up .

In all, around 50 people were caught in a pile about a metre high, and while some struggled to free those trapped, more people began to force their way into the party.

a woman wearing a hat and smiling at the camera: Sophia Crestani (left) with her identical twin sister.© Supplied Sophia Crestani (left) with her identical twin sister. "People were struggling and instead of helping people were way more interested in trying to party," the witness said.

Ms Crestani was at the bottom of the pile, and like several others, appeared to be unconscious.

She was carried across the road where police and paramedics unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate her.

a store front at day: Police cordon off 'The Manor', the student house where a student was crushed to death.© Stuff/Hamish McNeilly Police cordon off 'The Manor', the student house where a student was crushed to death. a person lying on a sidewalk: Stray shoes litter the gutter outside the Dunedin home where a student was crushed to death.© Stuff/Hamish McNeilly Stray shoes litter the gutter outside the Dunedin home where a student was crushed to death.

The party was the last event scheduled at the house, nicknamed "The Manor", before the University of Otago was due to take over the lease.

Ms Crestani's former school principal described her as "well and friendly".

"She was a cheerful, positive and personable young woman," Queen Margaret College principal Jayne-Ann Young said.

"She was an enthusiastic spirit with a creative flair."

Two others were injured in the crush.

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