Circumstances surrounding fatal Pearl Street Brewery fall become clearer

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — New details have been released concerning the recent death of a Daemen College graduate student, but it is still not completely clear what caused Thomas Krickovich, 24, to fall on April 15.

Krickovich, a Lancaster resident and the son of Daemen education department chair Susan Krickovich, was attending a party for students at Pearl Street Grill & Brewery. He arrived around 6 p.m., and roughly four hours later, he fell 35 feet to his death, which officials say was caused by blunt force trauma.

“At Daemen College we think of ourselves as a family, so quite literally this is like losing a family member, so it’s a real tragedy,” Daemen College President Gary Olson said.

Police are still piecing together what exactly led to his fall, but it is clear that he was gripping a railing on the building before he fell. Sources tell News 4 that it was possible Krickovich was trying to climb to the third-floor balcony below.

Before striking the ground next to the building’s Seneca Street side, Krickovich may have hit a sign on the second-floor balcony while on the way down.

Authorities do not know if alcohol played a factor in Krickovich’s death, but are awaiting the results of a toxicology report. Pearl Street representatives have declined comment on the situation.

News 4 legal analyst Terry Connors said the man’s death presents a difficult case.

On one hand, it’s a horrific accident, that killed a man at the beginning of his adult life, out for a celebration.

“The truth is our system of justice can never compensate for the loss of human life,” Connors said. “There’s no amount of money that would be able to rectify that situation, but in many cases families just want to know what happened.”

On the other, it could pose legal problems for the well known brewery, which regularly hosts parties and similar events.

“Generally the business itself will do their own investigation for a lot of reasons,” he said. “They want to see whether not they were careless or negligent in any fashion. They want to see if there are any other precautions they should be taking. And they want to see if they were in compliance with all of the codes that determine whether or not safe to precautions were taken. Where the railings high enough was anything defective was there something they could’ve done to prevent or stop this particular catastrophe.”

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