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Alcohol-Related Student Deaths Fall 2007

Presented below is an unfortunate tabulation of alcohol related campus deaths reported in the media for the fall 2007 semester. 

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 Jenna Foellmi, December 14, 2007, Winona State  More Information Jenna was found dead in her apartment on the morning of December 14th. Police say she was seen consuming alcohol for much of the previous day. Police say she began drinking after taking her last final exam of the semester, then she attended several parties. The coroner said Jenna died of acute alcohol poisoning. Alcohol Poisoning
  Thomas Argentieri, 21, December 9, 2007, Alfred University More Information About 25 to 50 people attended the house party at a of-campus house.  Thomas got into a fight with a fellow Alfred student in a yard outside the house.  The house is a rental property normally occupied by students.  Thomas died of injuries received in connection with the fight. Assault associated with drinking
University's page Benjamin Garrison Sprague, 18, December 8, 2007, Clemson University More Information The scene at the Sigma Nu house where Benjamin was found was worse than “Animal House.”  The floor of the house was covered in broken plates and puddles of beer and vodka. In addition, when Benjamin was moved, he was found to be lying on a large raw steak.  A laboratory test showed Benjamin had an alcohol level of 379 (.379 percent), Alcohol Poisoning
University's page Rissa J. Amen-Reif, November 25, 2007, Minnesota State University, Mankato More Information Rissa was hit by a car and killed after ending up in the middle of a road on the edge town. She had been at a sorority event at a bar more than a mile away and police believe alcohol was a factor. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Adam Baxter, 19, November 24, 2007, University of Maine More Information Adam was at a friend’s home in Portland when an ambulance was called to the residence early Saturday morning for a report of a male having difficulty breathing. When they got there, they found Baxter unconscious and unresponsive. "Adam was declared dead at the scene. Alcohol Poisoning
University's page Adam Carter, November 17, 2007, University of Tennessee   More Information Adam lost control of his sport utility vehicle along Montlake Drive at approximately 2:30 a.m early Saturday morning and was killed  when his vehicle struck a tree in southern Knox County. According to the Sheriff’s Office, speeding and alcohol were factors in the crash. Accident- drinking associated
  Shawn Dow. November 17, 2007, Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University More Information The Friday night party started off low-key, with about 20 college students and other young adults chatting and sipping beer inside a fourth-floor apartment in Boston's Allston neighborhood.  Then, about 1:30 a.m. yesterday, three uninvited men showed up at the door.  One party crasher got into a heated argument with a woman inside the apartment, touching off a brawl in the building's stairwell that involved about 20 males.  Shawn apparently, and accidentally, fell off the building's black-top roof, landing in an alley.  Accident- drinking associated
University's page Marc Anthony Cocozzella, November 13, 2007, Clemson University More Information Marc  was thrown from the bed of a pickup truck after his friend, who is accused of driving drunk, ran into two other cars. Marc died two days later. Accident- drinking associated
  Seth Policzer, 21, November 9, 2007, Rochester Institute of Technology More Information An artificial log burning in an unscreened fireplace triggered an inferno in an off-campus house that killed Seth  and Syed Ali Turab.    Both had blood-alcohol levels about twice the legal limit for driving, but it's not known "how badly that affected their decision-making that night or their alertness," Accident- drinking associated
  Syed Ali Turab, 21, November 9, 2007, Rochester Institute of Technology More Information An artificial log burning in an unscreened fireplace triggered an inferno in an off-campus house that killed Syed and Seth Policzer..    Both had blood-alcohol levels about twice the legal limit for driving, but it's not known "how badly that affected their decision-making that night or their alertness," Accident- drinking associated
University's page Brett Gould, November 04, 2007, Maine Maritime Academy More Information Speed and alcohol were factors in the crash in which Brett died Sunday night, according to  the Maine State Police. Two other 18-year-old men escaped serious injury in the accident.  Accident- drinking associated
University's page Edward Andrew Bump, November 2, 2007, University of Minnesota More Information A suit filed by Edward's parents claimed that  a bar named Boomtown and its employees were negligent for serving alcohol to Bump when he was underage and obviously intoxicated, which led to his death by suicide. Suicide associated with drinking
  Justin Gaines, 18, November 2, 2007, Gainesville State College More Information Justin went to a nightclub with friends in Duluth, GA. He was last seen around 2 a.m. after he was unable to get a ride home.  Justin has been missing since and his fate is unknown. Missing
University's page Amanda Jax,  October 30, 2007, Minnesota State University, Mankato More Information Amanda, a former student, returned to Mankato to celebrate her 21st birthday with friends with whom she had attended college. Amanda was taken to a friend's off-campus apartment after becoming intoxicated. When the friends woke up in the morning, they found Jacks unresponsive and called 911. Alcohol Poisoning
University's page Justin Anderson, 19, October 28, 2007, University of South Carolina More Information A weekend of fun vanished in a storm of fire and smoke that killed seven college friends and left behind a gutted beach house.  Six of the seven killed in the fire Sunday morning in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., attended the University of South Carolina; and one attended Clemson University. Six other South Carolina students in the house survived. Six out of the seven college students who died had alcohol in their systems ranging from from .16 percent to .29 percent. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Travis Cale,20, October 28, 2007, University of South Carolina More Information A weekend of fun vanished in a storm of fire and smoke that killed seven college friends and left behind a gutted beach house.  Six of the seven killed in the fire Sunday morning in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., attended the University of South Carolina; and one attended Clemson University. Six other South Carolina students in the house survived. Six out of the seven college students who died had alcohol in their systems ranging from from .16 percent to .29 percent. Accident- drinking associated
  Donald Farrell, 19, October 28, 2007, Rowan University More Information Donald was walking from his off-campus apartment complex with three friends, shortly after 9 p.m., when five men approached him and asked about the location of a party. As he pointed to his apartment complex, the Beau Rivage Apartments, he was attacked and beaten to death. Drinking associated assault 
University's page Lauren Mahon, October 28, 2007, University of South Carolina More Information A weekend of fun vanished in a storm of fire and smoke that killed seven college friends and left behind a gutted beach house.  Six of the seven killed in the fire Sunday morning in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., attended the University of South Carolina; and one attended Clemson University. Six other South Carolina students in the house survived. Six out of the seven college students who died had alcohol in their systems ranging from from .16 percent to .29 percent.  Lauren did not have alcohol in her system. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Cassidy Pendley, 18, October 28, 2007, University of South Carolina  More Information A weekend of fun vanished in a storm of fire and smoke that killed seven college friends and left behind a gutted beach house.  Six of the seven killed in the fire Sunday morning in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., attended the University of South Carolina; and one attended Clemson University. Six other South Carolina students in the house survived. Six out of the seven college students who died had alcohol in their systems ranging from from .16 percent to .29 percent. Accident- drinking associated
University's page William Rhea, 18, October 28, 2007, University of South Carolina More Information A weekend of fun vanished in a storm of fire and smoke that killed seven college friends and left behind a gutted beach house.  Six of the seven killed in the fire Sunday morning in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., attended the University of South Carolina; and one attended Clemson University. Six other South Carolina students in the house survived. Six out of the seven college students who died had alcohol in their systems ranging from from .16 percent to .29 percent. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Allison Walden, 19, October 28, 2007, University of South Carolina  More Information A weekend of fun vanished in a storm of fire and smoke that killed seven college friends and left behind a gutted beach house.  Six of the seven killed in the fire Sunday morning in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., attended the University of South Carolina; and one attended Clemson University. Six other South Carolina students in the house survived. Six out of the seven college students who died had alcohol in their systems ranging from from .16 percent to .29 percent. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Emily Yelton, October 28, 2007, Clemson University More Information A weekend of fun vanished in a storm of fire and smoke that killed seven college friends and left behind a gutted beach house.  Six of the seven killed in the fire Sunday morning in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., attended the University of South Carolina; and one attended Clemson University. Six other South Carolina students in the house survived. Six out of the seven college students who died had alcohol in their systems ranging from from .16 percent to .29 percent. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Derek Kyle Jensen, 23, October 27, 2007, University of Nevada, Reno More Information Police said Taukitoku, Manu and two teen relatives crashed a party at a Heatheridge Lane home rented by UNR students. Authorities said the shootings stemmed from Taukitoku bumping into UNR basketball player Tyrone Hanson on the dance floor, resulting in their beating of Hanson.  "Then, shots rang out, and three boys were dead."  Drinking associated assault 
University's page Devin Lurain, 19, October 26, 2007, Florida Gulf Coast University More Information Devin, a first-year student majoring in pre-management, was found dead in his dorm room early Friday afternoon by his roommate. He died accidentally from "acute ethanol and oxycodone toxicity," essentially partying too hard the previous night with friends. He had a blood alcohol content of 0.376, and also had traces of marijuana in his system.  Alcohol Poisoning
  Patrick M. Woehnker, 19, October 28, 2007, Wabash College More Information  Patrick and four other students gained access to the College’s utility tunnels, which carry electrical, network, and steam-heating lines. They proceeded through the tunnel and emerged in Goodrich Hall. The group ascended to the roof of the building when Patrick became separated from the others and fell from the roof.  .He had a preliminary blood-alcohol content of 0.04 percent. Accident- drinking associated
  Nikolas Gallegos, October 7, 2007, Stephen F. Austin State University More Information Nikolas was at a gathering a on North University Drive. Too many beers caused Nik to collapse. His friends rushed him to the hospital.  He died from  from alcohol poisoning. Alcohol Poisoning
University's page Justin Warfield, October 17, 2007, Rider University More Information Justin died yesterday following a night of drinking and drug use.  He was conscious but in an "altered state" when friends brought him to a Princeton Borough apartment late Tuesday. Alcohol Poisoning
University's page Mike Pietrzak, September 29, 2007, University of Nevada-Reno More Information Michael had gone to the UNR football game on Saturday with some friends and later returned to their home on 15th Street. He was fatally injured after a fall down some stairs.  His friends reported that the group had been drinking, Accident- drinking associated
  Samuel Paul Finn, September 23,  2007, East Carolina University More Information Samuel's injuries were consistent with those from a fistfight.  He had also drunk beer, smoked marijuana and taken Xanax, a medication used to treat anxiety disorders.  The cause of death was a brain hemorrhage that is typical of one suffered by someone who is intoxicated and receives a blow to the chin. Drinking associated assault 
  Michael A. Douglas, 19, September 14, 2007, Lincoln University More Information Early Friday, Michael A. Douglas, 19, a Lincoln University student from Easton, was shot outside an Allentown nightclub hosting an all-ages college party. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Bradley Jameson, 18, September 15, 2007, University of Mississippi More Information Bradley fell from a tree while retrieving a football outside a fraternity house at 345AM.  Test showed his blood/alcohol level to be twice the legal limit for driving. Accident- drinking associated
  Christopher Reynolds, 21,  September 15, 2007,  Kutztown State University More Information Christopher was killed in Lyons early Saturday when an oncoming train hit him as he walked along the tracks.  The Norfolk-Southern conductor said he saw Reynolds walking unsteadily toward the train before the impact but couldn't stop in time. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Andrew Enriquez, September 14, 2007, University of Florida More Information Andrew died in a car crash around 2:40 a.m. Friday. He was wearing an arm bracelet that may have been from a local bar and investigators are examining whether he was using an ID that wasn't his. Accident- drinking associated
  Jordan Shirey, September 13, 2007, Bowling Green State University More Information Jordan was found dead Thursday  afternoon in a house on the 100 block of North Summit Street.  He was found dead by paramedics after friends called 911 at 12:30 p.m. to say that Shirey was unconscious. Alcohol Poisoning
College's page Kimberly Coppens, September 9, 2007, Western Technical College More Information Kimberly had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when she fell from bluff near a river which is a popular gathering place. Accident- drinking associated
  Kyle Quinn, 19, September 7, 2007, Kutztown State University More Information Kyle was beaten to death on a downtown sidewalk early Friday and three men were arrested in the attack.  The three were charged with assault and the district attorney said he anticipated filing homicide charges, pending an autopsy scheduled for Saturday.  Drinking associated assault 
University's page Samuel Reed, 19, September. 1, 2007, University of Pittsburgh More Information Samuel lost his life when struck by an intoxicated hit and run driver while Samuel was crossing a parkway at 2:30 a.m.  Samuel had a blood alcohol level of about 0.08 percent, at the time he was walking across the highway. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Mary Taaffe, 18, August 31, 2007, Florida Gulf Coast University More Information Mary lost control of her 1998 BMW while driving on U.S. 41 in Estero.  Her blood alcohol level at the time of the accident was .139. She had been at a party the night of her death where approximately 15 FGCU students, most under the age of 21, had been drinking. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Sheridan "Danny" Dahlquist, August 12, 2007, Bradley University More Information After a night of drinking, Dahlquist went to bed in a house just off campus. As a joke, prosecutors say his friends slid two Roman candles - fireworks that shoot fireballs - under the bedroom door. Accident- drinking associated
 
   
 
 

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