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Alcohol-Related Student Deaths-Fall 2006

Presented below is an unfortunate tabulation of alcohol related campus deaths reported in the media for the fall 2006 semester.  For every deceased student listed, at least three other college students are reported to have died, although the tragedy's connection to alcohol was unclear in media reports.

The information supplied for each victim is a tabulation of media reports. The circumstances and causes of the tragedies are summarized within the listing with more details contained in the associated link. 

 

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University's page Andrew Polakowski, 18, September 7, 2006, Ohio State University More Information Andy  was the last of 25 of students to enter an elevator on the third floor of Stradley Hall when it began to unexpectedly descend towards the lobby with the elevator doors open. Police reports said Polakowski had been drinking before the accident but didn't appear intoxicated. Accident associated with campus drinking
University's page Lucas Homan, 21, September 30, 2006, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse More Information Lucus was reported missing on a Saturday night and was found Monday morning having drowned in the Mississippi River.   His blood-alcohol level was 0.32 Accident- drinking associated
University's page Michelle Gardner-Quinn, October 7, 2006, University of Vermont More Information Michelle was last seen on a Saturday night shortly after 2:30 a.m. walking back to campus after a night out at downtown bars with friends. Police said she was walking with a man whose cellphone she had borrowed. Brian Rooney,a the 37-year-old Richmond man, is charged with sexually assaulting and then killing Michelle after he loaned her his cell phone on Burlington's Main Street  Assault associated with drinking
University's page Richard Smith, October 28, 2006, Penn State More Information A student was driving with a .242 blood alcohol content (BAC) when he struck to other Penn State students who were crossing the street.   Richard Smith died and Aaron Stidd continues to experience severe complication as result of the accident. Accident- drinking associated
  Wilson “Willie” Maldonado, November 10, 2006, LaSalle University More Information Wilson died after driving the wrong way on eastbound I-76; he slammed his car into oncoming traffic.  He was driving while under the influence of alcohol. Accident while intoxicated
University's page Caitlin Brann, 22, November 10, 2006, University of Notre Dame More Information Caitlin lost control of her 2000 Chevy Cavalier, which veered sideways into the median and rolled many times.a chemical test revealed she had a blood alcohol level of .249 percent. It's believed she was headed back home from school. Accident associated with drinking
  Whitney Young, November 16 , 2006,  Mesa College More Information  A 21-year-old San Diego State Student was drunk when his car struck and killed Whitney while she was crossing a street near San Diego State University. The driver then fled the scene but was later arrested. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Tyler Cross, November 17, 2006, University of Texas More Information Cross fell from a fifth floor balcony.  He had a blood alcohol content of .19.  Cross was the third student to die in West Campus in an alcohol-related death in little more than a year’s time. Cross was a pledge in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and a member of the UT Lacrosse Club Accident associated with campus drinking
  Victoria Hickman, 18, November 27, 2006, York College of Pennsylvania.                   More Information Victoria Hickman died of alcohol poisoning at a dry campus. Her blood-alcohol level was 0.33 percent Alcohol Poisoning
University's page Jacob Stiles, December 2006, Southern Methodist University                       More Information Stiles was found dead inside his Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house at Southern Methodist University earlier this month, died of a lethal combination of alcohol and drugs. Alcohol and Drug Poisoning
  Zach Dunlevy, December 10, 2006, Limestone College More Information Zachary was drinking for about four hours at a liquor-only party and became belligerent. Friends helped him back to his dormitory room and a roommate found him unresponsive and ‘‘blue in the face’’ in his bed.  He had died from an alcohol overdose according to police. Alcohol Poisoning
 
   
 
 

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