Georgetown College campus deals with loss of friend, teammate killed after fall

Colson Machlitt
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GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - A college student has died from serious injuries after jumping down a stairwell on campus.

Georgetown College football player Colson Machlitt, 18, died Monday afternoon, the Fayette County Coroner's Office reported.

Machlitt suffered serious injuries stemming from an incident inside a Georgetown College fraternity house over the weekend.

Georgetown Police were called to the Lambda Chi Alpha house on Hollyhock Lane just after midnight on Sunday morning to assist Georgetown EMS after a report that someone had fallen down a stairwell.

Police say Machlitt attempted to jump from a third-story stairwell to a second-story landing when he fell and hit his head.

Georgetown Police say they suspect alcohol was involved, but do believe the fall was an accident.

Machlitt was a sophomore defensive lineman for the Tigers.

"It's been a very difficult 48 hours for the Tiger football team and the Tiger campus community," Bill Cronin told WKYT on Monday, shortly before official word of Machlitt's passing.

"He's been here long enough for everybody to learn how to love him," Cronin said. "Just a tremendous loss for all of us."

Machlitt got a sack in the Tigers' intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday, a Georgetown News-Graphic sports editor tweeted that afternoon, less than 12 hours before the fall that would ultimately take Machlitt's life.

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Machlitt's high school alma mater, Dixie Heights High School in Kenton County, held a prayer service on the football field after school on Monday. Machlitt was from Villa Hills.

Machlitt was taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center after the accident. Machlitt was listed as being in critical condition early Monday afternoon, but he died later that afternoon from his injuries. In a press release, the coroner's office says Machlitt died from Traumatic Brain Injury from his fall.

Georgetown Police say they are still actively investigating the incident. No charges have been filed at this point.

In an email to the campus community on Monday evening, Georgetown College says counselors were available that evening and will be available again on Tuesday evening for students and staff. Students and staff can also make an appointment for counseling with the Student Wellness Center.

Funeral arrangements for Machlitt are pending.

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