Rooftop plunge that killed teen appears accidental

The young woman who fell to her death from a rooftop booze party near Temple University was a Lancaster native and West Chester University student.

Ali Fausnaught, 19, was socializing with friends on the roof of a house on 18th Street near Arlington about 5 p.m. when she somehow fell over a 10-inch ledge on the roof and plummeted nearly 40 feet onto the concrete in a narrow alley between buildings. She died at Temple University Hospital at 5:51 p.m.


Fausnaught, according to her Facebook page, graduated from Conestoga Valley High School in Lancaster and attended West Chester University and the University of South Carolina. She was dating a Temple University student.

While many partygoers were drinking alcohol, police are unsure if alcohol factored into Fausnaught's fall, which investigators believe was accidental.