US student dies three months after Rome fall

20-year-old student fell off Lungotevere parapet in January.

An American student has died almost three months after falling off the parapet over the river Tiber at Lungotevere dei Vallati in the early hours of 14 January.

Andrew Mogni, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student of finance and business analytics, was seriously injured following a night out, just hours after arriving in Rome to begin a semester at John Cabot University in Trastevere. Initial police reports indicated the fall was an accident but authorities are investigating the possibility that Mogni was the victim of a robbery, according to the University of Iowa.

Mogni, from a Chicago suburb, was treated in a Rome hospital for more than two months before being transferred to a medical facility in the Chicago area via air ambulance at the end of March. He died in Chicago on 5 April.

The incident has drawn comparisons to that of the 21-year-old American who fell to his death from a wall in the same area in June 2013.

Other tragic cases involving foreign students in Rome include another 21-year-old American student who died in a railway tunnel near St Peter’s last February and the 19-year-old Australian who was found dead on the banks of the Tiber in 2009 after taking part in an organised pub crawl.