A woman who was one of the survivors of the balcony collapse on the fifth floor in 2015 that killed six college students in Berkeley, California, died Saturday night after suffering a stroke earlier in the week, according to a report.
The Irish Times reported that Aoife Beary, 27, studied at Oxford Brookes University in England. The collapse hurt Beary badly, and she became an advocate for holding companies responsible for poor construction. She appeared emotionally in front of California lawmakers after the crash and told them her life will never be the same.
Beary, who is from Dublin, was with a group of friends and celebrated her 21st birthday when the balcony gave way, according to. Mercury News. She suffered organ wounds, a traumatic brain injury, broken arms and jaw. She underwent acute, open heart surgery at the time. Reports said it was not clear her death was linked to injuries she sustained.
The overcrowded balcony on the fifth floor broke off an apartment building and dumped 13 people 50 feet out onto the sidewalk. In addition to the six killed, seven were seriously injured. The students were mainly from Ireland. It is a tradition for Irish students to visit the San Francisco Bay Area in the summer to work at tourist sites and enjoy the break. Mercury News reported that investigators later found water damage in the wooden beams on the balcony.
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“Aoife handled the devastating effects of her accident with great bravery and courage,” said Joe Carthy, dean of University College Dublin, in a statement. “She will be greatly missed by her family and wide circle of friends.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report