By Jeff Shelman and Chao Xiong, Star Tribune Top of page
Last update: November 27, 2007 – 10:56 AM Article
Reported that Minnesota State University, Mankato, senior Rissa J. Amen-Reif was killed after a friend and she were struck by a car. The friend suffered broken bones in her lower back and pelvis. The friends had left a sorority gathering. Police were determining how the girls made the 2.5-mile trip from a sorority event at the local VFW to the crash site, where traffic lights and stop signs are nonexistent. As she attempted to cross the street, Amen-Reif fell and her friend tried to help her up, but both were hit by a car authorities said was traveling at the posted speed limit of 40 miles per hour.
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Reported that "Minnesota State University Mankato President Richard Davenport summed up his thoughts in one sentence Wednesday. "Somebody has got to help wake these students up."" Along with the recent death of Amanda Jax, who died of alcohol poisioning, the campus was shaken by the death of Rissa Amen-Reif was hit by a car and killed where police believe alcohol was involved.
""As a president, I'm not going to tolerate a continued misuse of alcohol and the high-risk drinking," he said. "We're going to toughen up. We think we have the toughest policies already, but I think we've got to be even tougher.""
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Reported that Rissa Amen-Reif had been at a sorority event at a bar before she was hit by a car and killed more than a mile away. after ending up in the middle of a road on the edge town. She and police believe alcohol was a factor. "Richard Davenport, MSU president, attended the Monday City Council meeting where a unanimous vote clamped down on bar drinking specials. He acknowledged Mankato has a rep utation for binge drinking, but added the university ha many programs in place to curtail underage drinking as well as heavy drinking by older students."
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The State Patrol released their blood-alcohol levels after one family complained about the handling of the case.
Reported that toxicology testes showed Amen-Reif's blood alcohol-content level to be 0.06 and her friend's was 0.09, and the driver tested negative for alcohol and drugs. Rissa's father had been pushing authorities to release the information to clear up any perception that his daughter was drunk when she was struck by car.
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Reported that the young driver who struck and killed Rissa Amen-Reifo will not be charged or cited in the crash.
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