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Alcohol-Related Student Deaths-Fall 2010

Presented below is an unfortunate tabulation of alcohol related campus deaths reported in the media for the fall 2010 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 Rune Thode Nielsen, December 21, 2010, Stanford University More Information Rune lost his life in an early morning automobile accident.  Police reported that his blood/alcohol level was 2 ½ times the legal limit for intoxication. Accident- drinking associated
  Tyler (Ty) Thomas (Missing), 19, December 3, 2010, Peru State College More Information Tyler was reported missing after attending an off-campus party.  A campus security camera showed Tyler walking across campus toward her residence hall about 1:30 a.m., alone and without a coat. Friends that she had seem intoxicated at the party and was upset and crying.  Focus has been on an individual accused of sexual violence related to other female students. Missing after drinking
  Rod Fiorini, October 5, 2010, Fresno Pacific University More Information Rod lost his life after repeatedly recklessly shooting a gun and failing to comply with police officers orders to cease the activities.  Rod was shot by police.  Blaming the alcohol energy drink Four Loko for Rod’s uncharacteristic behavior, Rod’s parents are suing Four Loko. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Kandyce Stoffel, 23, October. 24, 2010, University of Minnesota More Information Kandyce lost her life when she was stuck by an intoxicated driver. The driver, a student at the University of Minnesota, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.16. Accident- drinking associated
  Bethani Werner, St. October 24, 2010, St. Ambrose University More Information Bethani died early on a Sunday morning after being struck by a car while she was crossing the street.  Bethani’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was .244, which is three times the legal limit. The driver of the automobile, also intoxicated, was charged with driving while intoxicated.    Accident- drinking associated
University's page Drew Everson, 21, October 23, 2010, Duke University More Information Drew fell down steps on campus and lost his life two days later.  The medical examiner reported that his blood/alcohol level was .133. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Danroy Henry, Jr., 20,  October 17, 2010,  Pace University student More Information Hours after playing in the homecoming football game, Danroy and two other young men were in a car parked in a fire lane outside Finnegan's Grill waiting for another friend. A police officer responding to an incident outside the bar asked him to move the car. As Henry complied and only moved a few feet, the police officer yelled stop. Then another officer jumped in front of the car and fired his weapon.  Danroy lost his life from the shots fired by the police.  Danroy’s parents and the police differ on the circumstances resulting in Danroy’s death.   Toxicology tests showed that Danroy’s blood-alcohol level was .13. Altercation with police with alcohol a contributing factor
University's page Samuel Harris Mason, 20, October 15, 2010, Radford University More Information Samuel had attended a party at the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity house on a Thursday night which lasted into Friday morning.  Samuel’s friends walked him to a residence and put him in the bed "to sleep off the intoxication," Samuel’s lifeless body was found around noon, Friday. Alcohol  Poisoning
University's page Ryan Fieck, 23, October 10, 2010, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee More Information Ryan was headed home from a pub crawl when he fell more than ten feet into the base of a retaining wall.  The pub crawl was a sold out event that included 14 area bars. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Bradley Murray, 25, October 8, 2010, Kansas State University More Information Bradley was last seen by friends around 12:50 a.m. on Oct. 8, outside of a sports bar. He was found around 1:30 a.m. on a  nearby street and brought to a health center with a head injury.  Bradley lost his life four days later.  Further investigation determined that he suffered the injuries from a fall.  Bradley had a blood alcohol content level of .262. Accident- drinking associated
  Dana Poole, 21, October 8, 2010, New England College More Information Dana was a passenger in a car which split in two after the impaired driver lost control.  Dana lost his life when thrown from the vehicle.  The driver was subsequently indicted for negligent homicide. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Dwight Clark, 18, September 25, 2010, Western Washington University More Information Dwight was last seen leaving a party at 2 a.m. on a Sunday morning.  After two weeks, his body was in Bellingham Bay.  Toxicology tests found Dwight’s blood-alcohol to be .13 along with the presence of marijuana. Accident- drinking associated
University's page David Gayle, September 25, 2010, Virginia Tech More Information David lost his life when he fell from the railing of a third-floor balcony at an off-campus apartment complex.  The medical examiner’s statement says he stopped breathing because of a head injury and severe inebriation. Accident- drinking associated
  Nathan Trepagnier, 19, September 25, 2010, Nicholls State University More Information Nathan and his fraternity mates took a hayride down Audubon Avenue, participating in a homecoming activity.  Nathan fell from the hayride and was run over.  Nathan lost his life from the injuries. Toxicology results revealed that Nathan was three times over Louisiana's legal blood-alcohol limit and had Valium in his body. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Bradley L. Simon, 22, September 23, 2010, University of Wisconsin-Stout More Information Bradley lost his life five days after being pushed into a wall while riding a bicycle.  Two student hockey players were arrested for the assault and eventual death.   The assault was the culmination of an altercation that began when all three were in a bar.  Assault associated with drinking
  Daniel Seidl, 21, September 19, 2010, Southern Illinois University More Information Daniel fell 30 feet from the roof of a house where he was attending a party.  Witnesses reported that Daniel was intoxicated at the time of the fall. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Jason Keiran, 20, September 17, 2010, Florida State University More Information Thinking that the safety was engaged, Jason accidentally shot himself in the head while playing with handgun.  Jason’s parents learned that the incident occurred after 30 hours of partying. Jason had ingested at least three cans of Four Loko, and that the drink caused him to become "manic and erratic." Accident- drinking associated
University's page Ryan Reinhardt, 18, September 12, 2010, College of Southern Idaho More Information After an altercation at a party, Devon, Ryan and a third friend left in a car.  Devon and Ryan lost their lives in when their car crashed while being chased by another car likely leaving the same party.   The third passenger suffered minor injuries.  Authorities attributed the crash to excessive speed and alcohol. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Devon Austin, 19, September 12, 2010, College of Southern Idaho More Information After an altercation at a party, Devon, Ryan and a third friend left in a car.  Devon and Ryan lost their lives in when their car crashed while being chased by another car likely leaving the same party.   The third passenger suffered minor injuries.  Authorities attributed the crash to excessive speed and alcohol. Accident- drinking associated
  Cliffton Murove, September 11, 2010, Drake University More Information Cliffton, a Zimbabwe native, died after falling off an apartment balcony.  His companions said he was intoxicated at the time of the fall. Accident- drinking associated
  Jarrod Polston, 18, September 11, 2010, Indiana University student visiting Ball State More Information Jarrod was an Indiana University student visiting friends at Ball State University when he died in a dormitory room after partying with friends.  Tests determined that Jarrod had a toxic level of methadone in his system and tested positive for marijuana. According to the Delaware County Coroner, Jarrod had been using methadone and drinking alcohol. Drug Poisoning
  Elizabeth "Lizzy" Seeberg, 19, September 10, 2010, St. Mary’s College/Notre Dame (suicide after alleged sexual assault by Notre Dame football player)  More Information Elizabeth took her life after reporting a sexual assault which did not result in action taken by Notre Dame or local authorities.  Her report relayed that the football player attacker then demanded that she drink out of a specific already-opened beer can, and soon afterwards commenced to grope her. Fortunately, the other students returned before the assault could turn into something worse, but by this time Seeberg was already badly shaken.  Although many factors contributed to Elizabeth’s sad fate, as apparent from this statement, alcohol was at the center of the events leading to the unwanted advances similar many situations where college students are at risk. Suicide associated with sexual assualt and alcohol 
  Brian Savage, 19, September 4, 2010, Bloomsburg University More Information Brian lost his life after becoming heavily intoxicated and at party.  He never woke after falling asleep.  The oxycodone being take for knee pain may have been a fatal mixture when combined with the heavy alcohol consumption. Alcohol and Drug Poisoning
University's page Meghan Will, 23, August 29, 2010, Kansas State More Information Meghan lost her life when as the car in which she was riding crashed.   The 25 year old nonstudent driver was convicted of driving while intoxicated. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Khalil King, 19, August 27, 2010, Cornell University More Information Khalil lost his life when he fell over 200 feet into Fall Creek Gorge in the early morning hours after a night of partying.   A friend was quoted: “[King] was a heavy cannabis smoker and would binge drink with the rest of us on the weekends and I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that this was a tragic accident likely caused by those substances.” Accident- drinking associated
  James “Jake” Leonard Elkins Jr., 19, August 13, 2010, Valdosta State University More Information James lost his life after being struck by a train.  The conductor reported seeing James lying inside the tracks before being struck.   Tests showed his blood/alcohol level to be .232. Accident- drinking associated
  Jennifer Nichole Poli, 20, July 24, 2010, Des Moines Area Community College More Information Jennifer lost her life in an automobile crash where she was estimated to be driving between 80 and 100 mph.   Her blood/alcohol level was .19 at the time.  A young adult was arrested for providing alcohol to a minor. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Benjamin Harris, July 13, 2010, University of Idaho More Information Benjamin was found unconscious in his fraternity house and later died of alcohol poisoning.  Benjamin was reported to have had as many as 15 shots in two-and-a-half hours as he celebrated his 21st birthday. Alcohol Poisoning

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