Daughter of La Salle University president dies in accident at home

Tuesday, 07 November 2017, 08:17:16 PM. Philadelphia police said they found the 18-year-old unconscious in her family's Chestnut Hill home Sunday evening.

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Emily Hanycz, the daughter of La Salle University president Colleen Hanycz and a freshman in the university’s honors program, died Sunday in an accident at the family’s home in Philadelphia, according to a university spokeswoman.

“All we know is that this was very unexpected,” spokeswoman Jaine Lucas said.

Lucas said Monday that she was unable to provide additional details about the accident, and that the university was respecting the family’s privacy at this time.

Philadelphia police said they responded to the family’s Chestnut Hill home shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday. Inside, they found the 18-year-old unconscious. She was taken to Chestnut Hill Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said.

Colleen Hanycz has served as the president of the Catholic university since 2015, when she became the first lay person and first woman to take the post. Before coming to La Salle, she headed Brescia University College in Ontario.

Emily Hanycz graduated last year from Mount St. Joseph Academy in Flourtown. According to a La Salle magazine article, Emily Hanycz was a competitive horseback rider in high school.

“The entire Mount community is shaken and terribly saddened by this devastating news,” the school said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hanycz family, Emily’s friends, and the La Salle University community.”

So proud of our #classof2017 @MountStJoseph Mountie & #ClassOf2021 @LaSalleUniv Explorer! Congratulations Em! ...Read more

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