Thursday 18 January 2018

Berkeley tragedy: US balcony builder fails to stall probe

Clodagh Cogley in a photograph taken in hospital in the US
Clodagh Cogley in a photograph taken in hospital in the US
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

The US construction firm which built the San Francisco apartment complex at which six students died failed in a court bid to access key investigation material.

Segue Construction took legal action to demand its engineers be allowed accompany investigators from the Alameda County Attorney-General's office as they examine the balcony from which 13 students fell.

Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo last night rejected the plea, warning it was tantamount "to participating in" the investigation.

The accident, on June 16, at the Library Gardens complex in Berkeley, a suburb of San Francisco, left six students dead - five Irish and one American - with seven others injured.

One injured student, Clodagh Cogley (21), used social media to give an update on her progress.

The Trinity College student fears she may never walk again after suffering two collapsed lungs, a broken shoulder, a broken knee, five broken ribs and a spinal fracture.

Her latest photo shows her smiling in hospital, while another shows her cuddling her black Labrador 'therapy' dog.

"The outpouring of support for Clodagh has been truly amazing and the fund donations so generous," her family said through the 'Clodagh Cogley Fund' Facebook page.

A fundraiser for the victims will be staged in The Academy, Dublin, on July 23 with tickets priced at €25 from Ticketmaster. All proceeds will go towards the victims and their medical costs.

Nicky Byrne will MC the night with performers including Jape, The Fontaines, Dublin Gospel Choir, Jessica Smith, Heroes In Hiding and others.

Irish Independent

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