2010-07-02 / Top Stories

O’Donnell Case Still ‘Pending Investigation’

By Howard Schwach

Deidre O’Donnell in a recent photo from her Facebook page. Deidre O’Donnell in a recent photo from her Facebook page. A month after 22-year-old Deidre O’Donnell went out an apartment window, the city’s chief medical examiner still has not classified her death, reporting that her cause of death is “still pending investigation.”

After posting several accounts of bullying and remorse on her Facebook page, O’Donnell, fell 12 stories out of her Beach 88 Street apartment window.

Friends and acquaintances were quick to call her death a suicide, but official sources say that they will not make a finding until tissue and toxicology tests are finalized, which may take another week or so.

“She died from blunt impact trauma to her head and torso,” said a spokesperson for the city’s chief medical examiner a week after O’Donnell’s death, adding that the manner of death was still “pending investigation,” which often means that police were still sorting out whether it was a suicide or criminality was involved.

The official police report, issued following her death, says that shortly before her plunge, O’Donnell was involved in “a verbal dispute” with her boyfriend, Maurice Maisonet, who was in the apartment, and that she was “under the influence of alcohol” and perhaps Xanax, a drug typically prescribed for mild to severe anxiety disorders.

The police report says that her mother, Diane O’Donnell, and Maisonet found her lying face up outside of the apartment house and called police.

A spokesperson for the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner for Public Information, said that EMTs declared her dead on the scene at 7:35 a.m.

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