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Alcohol-Related Student Deaths-Spring 2011

Presented below is an unfortunate tabulation of alcohol related campus deaths reported in the media for the spring 2011 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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  Jessica Moreno, 20, July 22, 2011, Mount St. Mary's College (LA) More Information Jessica was found unresponsive mid morning following a night of drinking at a house party.   Accident associated with drinking
University's page Sean Matti, 22, July 3, 2011, Purdue University More Information Sean was reported missing on a Sunday afternoon while swimming with friends.  He was found in the water the following Tuesday morning.  Witnesses reported that Sean was drinking that afternoon. Accident- drinking associated
  Aaron Beaver, 21, June 17, 2011, Butte College (Intoxicated driver attended Chico State University More Information Aaron lost his life in an automobile accident.  Aaron was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a Chico State student whose blood/alcohol level was three times the legal limit.  Another enrolled student at Butte College also lost his life in the accident. Accident- drinking associated
  Marcus Nelson, 21, June 17, 2011, (Enrolled at Butte College, but not yet student) (Intoxicated driver attended Chico State University More Information Marcus lost his life in an automobile accident.  Marcus was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a Chico State student whose blood/alcohol level was three times the legal limit.  A Butte College student also lost his life in the accident. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Dan Sohovich, 23, June 9, 2011, Virginia Tech More Information Dan lost his life when he was tossed from his convertible after it hit a guardrail, corkscrewed in mid-air, then flipped end over end.  His blood alcohol level was tested to be .14. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Lauren Spierer, 20, (Missing) June 3, 2011, Indiana University More Information Lauren has been missing since leaving a party noticeably under the influence.  Her parents have since been leading an effort to locate Lauren.   Throughout, there has been a troubling suspicion that some of Lauren’s former student friends may know her fate.   Missing after drinking
University's page Mark J. Wegener, 20, May 30, 2011, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater More Information Mark lost his life after leaving a house party early one Saturday morning.  He had walked alone for one mile prior to falling into a rock quarry.  Tests showed that Mark’s Wegener’s blood alcohol content was 0.106 and that he died of multiple fractures after falling into the quarry. Accident- drinking associated
  Spencer Datt, 18, May 15, 2011, High Point University More Information Spencer lost his life in an automobile accident.   The intoxicated driver was a student at James Madison University.  Two others lost their lives in the crash.  The group had attended two parties prior to the accident. Accident- drinking associated
University's page John Hoover, 20, May 15, 2011, University of Maryland More Information John lost his life in an automobile accident.   The intoxicated driver was a student at James Madison University.  Two others lost their lives in the crash.  The group had attended two parties prior to the accident. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Haeley N. McGuire, 18, May 15, 2011, University of South Carolina (HS Grad-to attend SC)  More Information Haeley lost her life in an automobile accident.   The intoxicated driver was a student at James Madison University.  Two others lost their lives in the crash.  The group had attended two parties prior to the accident. Accident- drinking associated
University's page David Schmitt, 22, May 7, 2011, University of Wyoming More Information David lost his life while descending the upper deck of War Memorial Stadium in Laramie around midnight.  David and another student entered the stadium area to climb the structure.  The two previously attended a party where authorities attributed alcohol consumed contributed to the risky endeavors. Accident- drinking associated
  Eirin Anne Hicks, 24, May 3, 2011, Texas State University More Information Three students jumped or fell out of a dormitory window early on a Tuesday morning.  One was hospitalized and Eirin was fatally injured.  Investigators found that alcohol was being served at a gathering in the dorm and a student was charged with or making alcoholic beverages available to minors. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Ross Higuchi, 19, April 19, 2011, University of Northern Colorado More Information Ross lost his life when he jumped from a second-floor fraternity balcony during a dispute after having been drinking. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Amy Ryan, 22, April 17, 2011, University of South Florida More Information Amy drowned after diving with a fellow student into a popular under water cavern in a spring-fed river.   Tests showed her blood-alcohol level to be .159.    Accident- drinking associated
University's page Patrick Martin, 23, April 5, 2011, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee More Information Patrick lost his life when he fell down a set of stairs while partying at a friend's house.  Prior to the fatal injury Patrick reportedly became heavily intoxicated drinking whiskey and beer.  His alcohol blood content was measured at .268.   Accident- drinking associated
University's page Wilson Waters Forrester, April 2, 2011, University of Arizona More Information Wilson was found unresponsive in his Fiji fraternity house and lost his life soon thereafter.   Tests showed significant alcohol and pharmaceutical drugs in his system. Alcohol and Drug Poisoning
  Matthew Ainsworth, 21, March 26, 2011, Villanova University More Information Matthew was found by his roommate lying on his bed and unresponsive on a Saturday morning in his apartment.  Toxicology results \ revealed alcohol and oxycodone in Mathew’s system and he lost his life as result of combined drug intoxication.  Alcohol and Drug Poisoning
University's page Anthony Robert Erick, 21, March 23, 2011, Ohio State University More Information Anthony lost his life after falling from The Flamingo condominium complex in Miami Beach, where s he was staying on the 15th floor.  According to friends with Eric prior to his fall, he was using illicit drugs and was drinking “lots of alcohol.”   Accident- drinking associated
University's page Mary Beth Goodner, 22, March 17, 2011, Auburn University  More Information After falling down a stairwell, Mary Beth was found not breathing, slumped over and positioned between the spiral stairwell and a concrete wall. The medical examiner’s report stated that she was intoxicated at the time of the fall. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Molly Ammon, March 13, 2011, University of Florida More Information Molly lost her life after a night drinking with friends at a Madeira Beach condominium, while on spring break.  She was found unresponsive the next morning. Alcohol Poisoning
  Philip Cameron Christian, 23, March 13, 2011, Georgia Southern University (While on Spring Break) More Information Philip was staying with a group of 15 students from Georgia Southern University at a home Florida while on spring break. After a party, Christian went to bed around 1:00 a.m. and friends found him in his bed the next morning not breathing.  According to the toxicology report, a mix of oxycodone, cocaine, and alcohol were found in his system. Alcohol and Drug Poisoning
  Sean Leonard, 19, March 13, 2011, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota More Information Sean lost his life when he crashed his automobile while traveling at an estimated 99 miles per hour.  Three passengers including Sean’s younger sister also lost their lives in the accident. Sean was driving after leaving a party celebrating his 19th birthday.  Sean had alcohol and marijuana in his system according to tests which showed that his blood alcohol level ranged from 0.01 to 0.03 percent.  Recognizing the dangers of underage drinking, Florida has a zero tolerance law for drivers under 21 whereas a blood alcohol level of .02 or higher automatically results in suspension of their Florida drivers license. Accident associated with drinking
University's page Andrew Monroe, 19, March 13, 2011, Florida Gulf Coast University (on Spring Break) More Information Andrew lost his life in an automobile where his 19 year old friend was traveling at an estimated 99 miles per hour.  Two other passengers and the driver also lost their lives in the accident. The college student driver had alcohol and marijuana in his system according to tests which showed that his blood alcohol level ranged from 0.01 to 0.03 percent.  Recognizing the dangers of underage drinking, Florida has a zero tolerance law for drivers under 21 whereas a blood alcohol level of .02 or higher automatically results in suspension of their Florida drivers license. Accident associated with drinking
University's page Bradley Bunte, 21, March 7, 2011, University of Illinois More Information Bradley was walking down a busy street late on a Friday night after an “unofficial ST. Pat’s Day” gathering when a van clipped him with a side-view mirror, knocking him to the ground.  A second vehicle then ran over him.  Tests showed Bradley’s blood alcohol content to be about 0.27. Accident- drinking associated
  Alexander Grant, March 6, 2011, Boston College/visiting Skidmore College More Information Alexander developed hypothermia in subfreezing temperatures and likely became disorientated after he left an off-campus party while visiting friends at Skidmore College.  Alexander then drowned in a creek where he was found two days later. Police reports said there were several hundred people attending the two parties. Accident- drinking associated
  Austin Bice, February 26, 2011, San Diego State University on a semester abroad in Madrid More Information Austin lost his life after leaving a night club in Madrid.  A doorman suggested Austin rest a while before going in because he looked unwell.  A friend told reporters that Austin and others had been drinking at an apartment before going out to the club.  After leaving his friends at the club, Austin drowned in a nearby river. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Victoria Cheng, 17, February 26, 2011, Ithaca College More Information When found outside her off-campus home in the snow, Victoria was unresponsive.   She had lost her life after a night of drinking.   As Victoria’s father, a professor at the college, was quoted in the aftermath: "Like many young people today, Victoria got caught up in the drinking culture. Young people get the impression that drunkenness is okay as long as no one gets hurt. We need to address the issue beyond safety and discuss it as a moral issue." Alcohol Poisoning
University's page George Desdunes, 19, February 26, 2011, Cornell University More Information George was found unresponsive his fraternity house. After investigating the found University determined that Desdunes, who was a brother at SAE, was provided alcohol “while in the care of certain members and associate members.”  Cornell subsequently withdrew recognition of the fraternity. Alcohol Poisoning
  Santiago Bernal, 21, February 19, 2011, University of Texas at Brownsville - Texas Southmost College More Information Santiago mistakenly entered the wrong apartment in a state of confusion exacerbated by alcohol.  A conflict arose between Santiago and a resident of the apartment and Santiago was fatally stabbed.  The tragic results were determined to be justifiable homicide since the occupant was held to be acting in self-defense. Assault associated with drinking
  Charles Aaron Dennard (Visiting nonstudent), 22, February 10, 2011, Anderson University More Information After visiting friends at Anderson University, Charles lost his life in an accident while driving home.  Tests determined that Charles’s blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit. Accident- drinking associated
University's page  Jamail Johnson, 25, February 6, 2011, Youngstown State University  More Information Jamail was shot and killed and 11 others were wounded when two men reportedly opened fire on an Omega Psi Phi fraternity party. Assault associated with drinking
  Alan Sun-Long Lin, February 5, 2011, UC Riverside More Information Alan disappeared after leaving a Bar and Grill about 1 a.m.  He was found floating in Newport Harbor eight days later. Test showed Alan’s blood alcohol content ranged from .16% to .19%. Accident- drinking associated
  Gabrielle E. Acevedo, 21, February 4, 2011, Nazareth College More Information Gabrielle lost her life two weeks after being seriously injured in an automobile accident.  The 20 year-old student driver was cited for driving while intoxicated.   Three other student passengers were injured. A breath test on the driver revealed a blood-alcohol content of 0.16 percent.  The driver admitted to police to have consumed two shots of Jägermeister, an alcoholic liqueur, mixed with Red Bull. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Holly Bossenbery, 17, January 30, 2011, Michigan State University (Underage non-students at party held by MSU students) More Information Holly and other high school students attended a party near Michigan State hosted by two Michigan State students and a friend who attended a nearby community college.  After the party, the high school driver who had been drinking at the party crashed the car.  Holly and two other high school attendees lost their lives in the accident.  The three college student hosts pleaded guilty to conspiracy to contribute to the delinquency of minors. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Taylyr Cochran, 18, January 30, 2011, Michigan State University (Underage non-students at party held by MSU students) More Information Taylyr and other high school students attended a party near Michigan State hosted by two Michigan State students and a friend who attended a nearby community college.  After the party, the high school driver who had been drinking at the party crashed the car.  Taylyr and two other high school attendees lost their lives in the accident.  The three college student hosts pleaded guilty to conspiracy to contribute to the delinquency of minors. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Anthony Harris, 17, January 30, 2011, Michigan State University (Underage non-students at party held by MSU students) More Information Anthony and other high school students attended a party near Michigan State hosted by two Michigan State students and a friend who attended a nearby community college.  After the party, the high school driver who had been drinking at the party crashed the car.  Anthony and two other high school attendees lost their lives in the accident.  The three college student hosts pleaded guilty to conspiracy to contribute to the delinquency of minors. Accident- drinking associated
  Jeffery Bordeaux Jr., 20, January 15, 2011, University of Rochester More Information Jeffrey lost his life when he became involved in an altercation and was stabbed to death.  He was at a fraternity party when the alteration occurred.   Tests determined Jeffrey’s blood alcohol content to be .08. Assault associated with drinking
University's page Ashley Cowie, 21, January 9, 2011, Florida State University More Information Ashley was accidentally shot by an intoxicated fellow student who was displaying his rifle.   After a desperate, but tragically, futile attempt at revival by Ashley’s twin sister, Amy, Ashley lost her life.   Ashley’s father subsequently was instrumental in halting the Florida’s legislature’s attempt to allow students to possess weapons on campus, one of several states considering such a questionable move. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Matt Crozier, 20, January 5, 2011, University of Pennsylvania More Information Matt lost his life after falling 30 feet between floors at a New Year's Eve party inside a University o Pennsylvania fraternity house.  Matt, a student of John Carroll University, was visiting a friend.  Alcohol was found in the house the night of Matt's death, despite the fraternity's self-promotion as a dry chapter. Accident- drinking associated
  Nana Kwasi “Nabby” Baffour-Awuah, January 1, 2011, Luther College More Information Nana was found unresponsive on a Saturday morning in the snow on the baseball diamond at Luther College and subsequently lost his life.  He had recently left a party at a nearby residence.  Toxicology results indicated a blood alcohol level of .174 and a trace amount of THC (marijuana) in Nana’s system. Accident- drinking associated
   
 
 

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