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Alcohol-Related Student Deaths Fall 2008

Presented below is an unfortunate tabulation of alcohol related campus deaths reported in the media for the fall 2008 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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  Kyle Thomas Chorba, 18, December 12, 2008, Montgomery County Community College More Information Kyle crashed his car into a firehouse and died after leaving a party attended by his classmates.  Alcohol was present. Accident associated with drinking
University's page Carson Starkey, 18, December 2, 2008, Cal Poly More Information Carson died after being found unresponsive in a local home. Carson was subjected to hazing by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA  during a Big Brother initiation. Carson lost his life from alcohol poisoning after being left alone to sleep it off.
 
Accident associated with drinking
  William Cameron Schlifke, November 24, 2008, Christopher Newport University More Information William died in a three car accident where all of the drivers were students of Christopher Newport University.  The driver of the car which cause the collisions refused to be tested for driving under the influence at the site. Alcohol Poisoning
University's page Amber Rose Brown, 20, November 23, 2008, Grand Valley State University More Information Amber and Douglas Ward died after closing themselves up in a sport utility vehicle with two charcoal grills burning on the back seat.  Although the cause of the deaths is noted as "undertermined," Amber, who was underage, was picture drinking that night. Accident associated with drinking
University's page Douglas William Ward, 26, November 23, 2008, Grand Valley State University More Information Amber and Douglas Ward died after closing themselves up in a sport utility vehicle with two charcoal grills burning on the back seat.  Although the cause of the deaths is noted as "undertermined," Amber, who was underage, was picture drinking that night. Accident associated with drinking
  Michael Starks, 18, November 20, 2008, Utah State University More Information Michael died early Friday after consuming alcohol at an off-campus residence. He later returned to the Sigma Nu house, was found unresponsive at about 4 a.m., and later pronounced dead at Logan Regional Hospital.  Police say the teen's blood alcohol content was higher than 0.35. A posse of sisters from the sorority next door "kidnapped" Starks to kick off a night of drinking that ended with Starks' death  Alcohol Poisoning
University's page Brett Griffin, November 8, 2008, University of Delaware More Information Paramedics were called to an off-campus house just before 3 a.m. where police found 18-year-old Brett in cardiac arrest and not breathing.  Brett had been attending a fraternity function at the Sigma Alpha Mu house that evening. He was a pledge member of the fraternity. Police believe the likely cause of death was an alcohol overdose. Alcohol and Drug Poisoning
University's page Alejandro Solis, October 19, 2008, USF Polytechnic More Information As his friend drove on, 23-year-old Alejandro opened a rear door of the Ford Explorer and fell out. He struck his head on the pavement and died later at a hospital.His friend said it was an alcohol-fueled day, and that Solis drank far more than usual.  "He had been drinking all day," she said. "It (the alcohol) took over."
 
Accident associated with campus drinking
  Philip E. Rehders, October 8, 2008, Franklin and Marshall College More Information Police were called to the common area of a suite in Thomas Hall shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday and found Philip  unresponsive.  A recent graduate, Philip was visiting the campus.  His death was attributed to alcohol abuse. Alcohol Poisoning
University's page Johnny Smith, October 5, 2008, Wabash College More Information Fraternity brothers found Johnny in a distressed situation and he passed away prior to receiving aid.  Smith was an uninitiated pledge to Wabash's Delt chapter.  An autopsy determined that Johnny died of accidental alcohol poisoning. Alcohol Poisoning
University's page Matthew Felton, 21, September 28, 2008, Maine Maritime Academy More Information Students  Matthew Felton  and a driver died instantly when their car was hit by a pickup truck that crossed the centerline in an attempt to avoid striking the driver's vehicle which was said to have swicthed lanes. The student driver's reported blood/alcohol level was .125 and empty containers were found in his vehicle. Accident- drinking associated
  John-Paul Sbragia-Zoricic, 20, September 27, 2008, Chico State More Information A Union Pacific train struck junior John-Paul  about 3:30 a.m. Sunday on the tracks north of West First Street. Police investigating the death of John-Paul  believe alcohol was a contributing factor.  Accident- drinking associated
  Andrew Jackson Thurmond IV, September 24, 2008, Auburn University More Information Alcohol and speed may have been factors in a three-car wreck that killed one Andrew and left another injured and sent three other people to the hospital  according to a written statement issued by  the Lee County Coroner.  Tests showed that Andrew had a blood/alcohol level of .76. Accident- drinking associated
  Lee Drelles, 19, September 21, 2008, Michigan Tech More Information Lee died in a crash that occurred just south of the Michigan Technological University campus. Lee was thrown from the vehicle after it hit a tree. The vehicle rolled several times.  Toxicology reports show that another student who was driving had a blood alcohol level of .15, which is well over the legal limit. Accident- drinking associated
  Timothy MacLeod, September 13, 2008, Roger Williams University More Information Timothy died when he was thrown from a car driven by his friend after he lost control of his car while traveling north over the Mt. Hope Bridge at about 11:30 p.m.  Police said the friend was driving drunk when he lost control of his Subaru, slammed into the walls on either side of the bridge and collided with an oncoming car. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Daniel Myers, 22, August 27, 2008, University of Wisconsin More Information Daniel died in a car that crashed into a tree.  Alcohol and speed were "significant contributing factors" to the crash that killed three UW-Madison students. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Lindsey Plank, 23, Stoughton, , August 27, 2008, University of Wisconsin More Information Lindsey died in a car that crashed into a tree.  Alcohol and speed were "significant contributing factors" to the crash that killed three UW-Madison students. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Richard Putze, 22, August 27, 2008, University of Wisconsin More Information Richard died in a car that crashed into a tree.  Alcohol and speed were "significant contributing factors" to the crash that killed three UW-Madison students. Accident- drinking associated
  Edward Trapasso, August 23, 2008, Loyola College More Information Edward had friends over to his home to celebrate his graduation from Loyola College in Baltimore. Mount Pleasant police said he passed out from drinking beer and liquor, then friends put him to bed. Alcohol Poisoning
University's page Joseph Barton, 20, August 20, 2008, Michigan State University More Information Joseph died in an automobile accident at 1:30am.  “They were both drinking — definitely heavily enough — a half gallon between the two of them,” according to a friend. Accident- drinking associated
  Austin Slanker-Wilson, 18, August 15, 2008, Coffeyville Community College More Information After one day of classes, and what authorities say was too much alcohol, a freshman student turns up dead.  Authorities said the cause was too much alcohol. Alcohol Poisoning
  Peter Sand, 21, August 6, 2008, visiting friends near Hamline University More Information Peter was found dead Tuesday morning in the living room of the home of his cousin, who lives east of Hamline University.  Peter had been drinking the night before at a 21st birthday party for his cousin, Ozzie Sand, a junior and a football player at Hamline. Accident- drinking associated
 
   
 
 

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