Student, 19, overbalances and falls to her death while taking a selfie on a tenth floor balcony in Lithuania
- Viktoria Grinkevich, from Belarus, took late night picture in student hostel
- Friends say she stepped over handrail before falling 90 feet to the ground
- She was in second year of communications degree at university in Vilnius
A 19-year-old university student fell 90 feet to her death while trying to ‘take a selfie’ from her balcony.
Viktoria Grinkevich, from Belarus, was taking a late night picture over Lithuanian capital Vilnius when the tragedy happened.
The accident happened at her student hostel in the early hours yesterday morning.
Viktoria Grinkevich, 19, died after falling 90 feet from her hostel balcony while trying to ‘take a selfie’ over Lithuania’s capital Vilnius late at night
Paramedics tried in vain to save Viktoria for half an hour after she fell ten floors after ‘overbalancing’. Her friends said she had climbed over a handrail to take the photo
Friends said she stepped on a stool then climbed onto the handrail on the balcony.
She lost her balance and fell some 90 feet, they have told police.
She had wanted to take a selfie against the background of the night sky over the city, they said.
An ambulance arrived quickly at the scene and for half an hour paramedics sought to save her, but failed.
The scene of the tragedy outside the student block in Vilnius, Lithuania
The view of the upper floors in the student hostel. Viktoria fell off of a balcony on the tenth floor
Viktoria was a second year student majoring in media and communications studies at the European Humanitarian University in Vilnius.
A statement by the university said: ‘Students, teachers and all member of the community are shocked with this tragedy.
‘We send our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Viktoria.
The Belarus Foreign Ministry confirmed her tragic death and said they were in touch with law enforcement agencies in Lithuania
Her university issued a statement saying: ‘Students, teachers and all member of the community are shocked with this tragedy’
‘Vilnius police is investigating the circumstances of the tragedy.’
The Belarus Foreign Ministry confirmed her tragic death.
‘The Belarus embassy is in touch with the law enforcement agencies of Lithuania,’ said spokesman Anatoly Glaz.