The Alameda County District Attorney's Office announced today it will not file criminal charges in connection with the Berkeley balcony collapse last June that killed six Irish citizens and injured seven others.
The collapse was believed to be caused by extensive dry rot to the wooden deck of a fifth-floor balcony at the Library Gardens apartment complex on Kittredge Street in downtown Berkeley. Most of the visitors from Ireland had been working in the Bay Area under a cultural exchange program.
After a nine-month investigation, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley announced that “there is insufficient evidence to bring criminal manslaughter charges against any one individual or company” in regard to the tragedy on June 16, 2015.
The investigation into the collapse came after Berkeley's Planning and Development Department announced last June that it would not conduct forensic examination and laboratory tests of the balcony -- proceedings it had determined were "outside its scope of review,” according to the district attorney’s press release.
The DA's investigation set out to determine the cause of the collapse, the foreseeability of it and, essentially, who was to blame.