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Alcohol-Related Student Deaths-Fall 2012

Presented below is an unfortunate tabulation of alcohol related campus deaths reported in the media for the fall 2012 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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  Michael Heney, 20, December 31, 2012, University of Missouri  More Information Michael lost his life when he fell while attending a New Years Eve party.  The coroner reported that the apnea that cost him is life was caused by a combination of his severe concussion and alcohol intoxication. Accident- drinking associated
  Cole Patrick, 18, December 28, 2012, University of Missouri (While on winter break) More Information Cole lost is life in a traffic accident while he was on spring break. The 17 year-old driver’s alcohol content measured to .026 percent and he was charged with driving under the influence. Accident- drinking associated
  Jack Culolias, 19, November 30, 2012, Arizona State University More Information Jack was reported missing on November 30 and was found in an area river on December 16.  Jack was witnessed to be severely intoxicated previously that evening.  Test showed that he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.28 percent.  Jack’s parent filed suit against his fraternity for allowing underaged binge drinking. Accident- drinking associated
  Sydne Jacoby, 19, November 19, 2012, University of Massachusetts More Information Sydne lost her life from a fall while walking with friends at night.  She was drinking prior to the fall. Accident- drinking associated
  Mason Sumnicht, 21, November 15, 2012, Chico State University More Information Mason lost his life after drinking 21 shots on his 21st birthday at his fraternity. Alcohol  Poisoning
University's page Garrett Luce, 19, November 4, 2012,  Texas A&M More Information Garrett lost his life when he as hit by a train early on a Sunday morning.  Garrett’s blood alcohol content was 0.23 at the time of the accident. Accident- drinking associated
  David R. Bogenberger,19, November 2, 2012, Northern Illinois University More Information David lost is life after being found unresponsive in a fraternity house.  Investigators found that David was subjected to hazing during which his blood alcohol content was  0.351. Alcohol Poisoning
  Kenneth Hummel, 18, October 27, 2012, Washington State University  More Information Kenneth was found unresponsive in a dorm where he was visiting, a victim of alcohol poisoning. Kenneth’s blood alcohol level was tested at 0.40. Alcohol  Poisoning
  David Palmer Shannon, 18, October 27, 2012, University of North Carolina More Information David  lost his life after falling from falling from machinery on which he was climbing at a concrete plant.  His blood alcohol content was measured at .22 percent. Accident- drinking associated
  Shanith A. Samarasekera, 20, October 21, 2012, Clarkson University More Information Shanith lost his life falling into a river after being stuck by a train while on a railroad trestle.  His had a blood alcohol content measured at  of 0.27 percent. Accident- drinking associated
University's page David William Brumfield, 22, October 15, 2012, Oklahoma State University More Information David lost his life after a roommate found him unresponsive in his apartment bedroom.  The medical examiner determined that he died from of alcohol and heroin poisoning. Alcohol and Drug Poisoning
  Tyler Blalock, 19, September 29, 2012, Appalachian State University More Information Tyler lost his life after he slipped near a creek, fell, hit his head and landed in the water.  Prior to the accident, Tyler had attended a party and visited a bar where he was reported to be very intoxicated. Accident- drinking associated
  Alexandra Kogut, 18, September 29, 2012, State University of New York College at Brockport More Information Alexandra and her boy friend were drinking at a friend’s house when the boyfriend claimed that she was rude to him.  Alexandra lost her life after leaving the party where in her room the boyfriend punched her repeatedly and "just snapped, a beating which cost her life.  While walking to her room, the boy friend received a citation for an open alcohol container. Alcohol Enhanced Violence 
  Brandon Brown, September 22, 2012, Tabor College More Information Brandon Brown was beaten to death outside of a house party.  Although Brandon was not an instigator which elicited the beating, he had a blood alcohol level of 0.3 percent when he arrived at the hospital, nearly four times the legal limit for intoxication, demonstrating that heavy drinking by all likely exacerbated the situation. Alcohol Enhanced Violence 
  Harsha Maddula, 18, September 22, 2012, Northwestern University More Information Harsha lost his life from drowning in a harbor after last being seen leaving from a party.   Harsha was missing for 5 days.  His blood alcohol content was measured to be about 1.5 times the .08 level at which it is illegal to drive a car. Accident- drinking associated
  Mario A. Reyes-Lopez, 23, September 22, 2012, Illinois Central College More Information Mario lost his life when the automobile in which he was a passenger was involved in a rollover crash.  A fellow student was arrested for driving while intoxicated.  The driver’s blood-alcohol content was measured to be 0.154 percent. Accident- drinking associated
  Carly Callaghan, 22, September 16, 2012, Chico State University More Information Carly lost her life after consuming a lethal combination of alcohol and drugs.  Tests showed her alcohol level was .14 percent.  Prozac and a high level of morphine were also in her system. Alcohol and Drug Poisoning
  Philip Dhanens, 18, September 2, 2012, University of California-Fresno More Information Philip lost his life after being locked in a room and required to drink tequila, rum and vodka during a fraternity pledge.  After passing out, Philip was place in a designated "drunk room" to be watched, but he never regained consciousness.  His blood/alcohol level was .36. Alcohol  Poisoning
  Brett Olson, 20, September 2, 2012, California State Polytechnic University More Information Brett lost his life when he drown while participating in an annual Labor Day weekend rafting gathering on at a spot called "Beer Can Beach."  Brett was rafting on the Sacramento River.  The event attracts thousands, largely college students and is described as an “alcohol –fueled, all-day event. Tests showed that his blood alcohol level was .28. Accident- drinking associated
  Shaun Summa, 22, August 16, 2012, Butte College More Information Shaun lost his life after leaving a drinking game where he participated with friends.   He was found unresponsive in a back yard. Alcohol  Poisoning
University's page Benjamin R. Fuder, 21, July 29, 2012, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater More Information Benjamin lost his life after falling into a quarry where he was found the next morning.  Before falling, he as seen in a video drinking at a bar.   His blood/alcohol value was measured to be between 0.1 to 0.2 with .008 being considered legally intoxicated. Accident- drinking associated

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