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Alcohol-Related Student Deaths-Spring 2004

Presented below is an unfortunate tabulation of alcohol related campus deaths reported in the media for the spring 2004 semester.  For every deceased student listed, at least three other college students are reported to have died.  However since the tragedy's connection to alcohol was unclear in media reports, those are not yet included.

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 Douglas R. DeWitt, September 26, 2004, San Diego State University                       More Information DeWitt died during Pledge Week for fraternities and sororities. University officials say the Greek parties were policed to keep them alcohol-free.   Alcohol Poisoning
University's page Steve Saucedo March 26, 2004, University of California (UC), Berkeley More Information At spring break celebration among friends Steve drank himself to death during a contest to see who could consume the most alcohol, Alcohol  Poisoning
University's page Jared Dion, April 10, 2004, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse                        More Information He had a blood-alcohol content of 0.40. Dion was first pulled from the water April 15 after disappearing five days before, Accident while intoxicated
University's page Francis J. Marx V,  May 20, 2004, Involving University of Rhode Island students More Information Francis was in Newport to attend a Wheaton College-sponsored formal dance with his girlfriend. After the dance, Marx and his friends headed downtown to go to a club when they got into a fight with some URI students in town for a pub crawl. Marx either fell or was pushed into Thames Street and run over by a charter bus carrying URI students back to campus.  Francis' blood-alcohol content was .249. He would have consumed 17 to 18 drinks to reach that level.   Assault associated with drinking
University's page Sammy Broadhead, June 25, 2004, University of Southern Mississippi More Information Sammy Broadhead, a Sigma Nu alumnus and Southern Miss grad, attended a party June 25, 2004, at his old frat house on the Hattiesburg campus. Playing a drinking game called beer pong, Sammy collapsed from high levels of alcohol consumption and later died. Accident- drinking associated
 
   
 
 

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