UW student dies from blood clot, not falling, medical examiner says

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SEATTLE -- A 19-year-old University of Washington sophomore Hayley Smith died Wednesday from a pulmonary embolism, not from slipping and falling on a sidewalk on campus, according to the King County Medical Examiner.

A pulmonary embolism due to deep vein thrombosis usually occurs when a blood clot, often in your leg, travels to your lungs and blocks a blood vessel, according the Centers For Disease Control. If the blood clot is large, it can stop blood from reaching the lungs and is deadly.

Officials responded about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to a report of a woman who had collapsed on a sidewalk in the area north of Electrical Engineering and east of Drumheller Fountain.

She was then taken to Harborview Medical Center where she passed away.

"The men and women of the University of Washington Police Department offer our heartfelt thoughts and condolences to the friends and family of Hayley Smith during this difficult time," Steve Rittereiser with the UW Police said in an email.

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