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Alcohol-Related Student Deaths-Spring 2013

Presented below is an unfortunate tabulation of alcohol related campus deaths reported in the media for the spring 2013 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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  Andrew Cate Carr, 21, June 11, 2013, Marquette University- attending John Cabot University (Rome) More Information Andrew lost his life while studying abroad in Rome. Andrew fell while walking on a wall bordering the Tiber River early in the morning.   Reports stated that Andrew and friends were drinking in bars prior to the fatal fall.   Accident- drinking associated
  William L. Varner III, 21, May 14, 2013, University of Arkansas in Fayetteville More Information William lost his life in a boat accident while together with seven other students.  One other student also lost her life. The driver of the boat told investigators he had had 10 beers and a shot of tequila in the hours leading up to the accident.  Speed was also a factor. Accident- drinking associated
  Rachel N. Swetnam, 21, May 14, 2013, University of Arkansas in Fayetteville More Information Rachel lost her life in a boat accident while together with seven other students.  One other student also lost his life. The driver of the boat told investigators he had had 10 beers and a shot of tequila in the hours leading up to the accident.  Speed was also a factor. Accident- drinking associated
  Marissa Madrid, 22, April 28, 2013, Chico State University More Information Marissa lost her life when she fell from a tree in a recreational area early in the morning. Madrid was on a branch about 20 feet off the ground when she lost her balance, fell and struck her head on concrete. A companion told police she had been drinking in downtown bars earlier in the evening.  Her blood/alcohol level was tested to be .11. Accident- drinking associated
  Jonathon Bennett, 21, April 24, 2013,  East Carolina University More Information Jonathon lost his life when he after falling over six feet off a tree and landing on a metal post.  Authorities reported that Jonathon and his three friends were drinking prior to climbing on the fallen tree. Accident- drinking associated
  Peter Tran, 18, April 24, 2013, San Francisco State University More Information Peter lost his life while attending a Lambda Phi Epsilon “crossover” fraternity party where new members are initiated into the fraternity.   The hazing reportedly included alcohol use. Hazing
University's page Samuel Levine, 22, March 19, 2013, University of California More Information Samuel lost his life in Mexico on spring break while climbing to his hotel room from the outside when the structure on which he was supported collapsed.  His friends confirmed to investigators that he had been drinking prior to the climb. Accident- drinking associated
  Sean Murphy, March 13, 2013, Union College More Information Sean lost his life in an automobile accident in which he was a passenger.  The driver was tested and had a blood/alcohol level of .20 at the time of the accident. Accident- drinking associated
  Kyle Lamb, 20, March 7, 2013, Lansing Community College More Information Kyle was found unresponsive while on spring break near Panama City, FL.  Authorities attributed his death to alcohol positioning from a night of partying.     Alcohol Poisoning
University's page Anthony Barksdale II, 19, March 1, 2013, Boston University More Information Anthony lost his life due to alcohol poisoning after a frat party which school officials described as “an underage booze bash.”  The fraternity was suspended as result of the tragedy. Alcohol Poisoning
University's page Neala Frye, 23, February 17, 2013, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse More Information Neala lost her life after she fell into a ditch near railroad tracks after leaving a bar.  Tests showed her blood/alcohol level to be .17. Accident- drinking associated
  Jocelyn Pascucci, 19, February 16, 2013, Stony Brook University More Information A doorman discovered Jocelyn unconscious in the lobby of a NYC building.    She failed to recover succumbing to a heart condition exasperated by night of heavy drinking. Alcohol Exacerbated Health Condition
University's page Joseph Wiederrick, 18, January 20, 2013, University of Idaho More Information Joseph lost his life from hypothermia after leaving a party at a fraternity where he was drinking.   Joseph was found under a bridge three miles from campus.  Toxicology tests measured his blood-alcohol level at .17 percent. Factoring in his four hours of wandering, investigators estimate his blood-alcohol level could have started as high as .25 to .30 percent. Accident- drinking associated
  Simon Chavez, 22, January 15, 2013, Santa Barbara City College More Information Simon lost his life when struck by a hit and run driver while staggering on a freeway.  Simon’s family filed suit against a taxi company whose driver left Simon unattended in a drunken condition more than a mile from his home Accident- drinking associated
  Natalie Baine, 20, January 11, 2013, University of Alabama More Information Natalie lost her life when the truck in which she was riding crashed while returning to campus after a football bowl game.  Natalie’s family filed a lawsuit claiming the student driver was in no condition to drive since he was exhausted after spending several days in Miami where they spent their nights clubbing and drinking on South Beach and barely slept at all. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Nick Wilcox, 24, January 1, 2013, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee More Information Nick lost his life after celebrating New Years eve.  Nick drowned in the Milwaukee River and was found nearly three months later.  Tests showed his blood alcohol level to be 0.22 percent. Accident- drinking associated
  Andrew Cate Carr, 21, June 11, 2013, Marquette University- attending John Cabot University (Rome) More Information Andrew lost his life while studying abroad in Rome. Andrew fell while walking on a wall bordering the Tiber River early in the morning.   Reports stated that Andrew and friends were drinking in bars prior to the fatal fall.   Accident- drinking associated
  William L. Varner III, 21, May 14, 2013, University of Arkansas in Fayetteville More Information William lost his life in a boat accident while together with seven other students.  One other student also lost her life. The driver of the boat told investigators he had had 10 beers and a shot of tequila in the hours leading up to the accident.  Speed was also a factor. Accident- drinking associated
  Rachel N. Swetnam, 21, May 14, 2013, University of Arkansas in Fayetteville More Information Rachel lost her life in a boat accident while together with seven other students.  One other student also lost his life. The driver of the boat told investigators he had had 10 beers and a shot of tequila in the hours leading up to the accident.  Speed was also a factor. Accident- drinking associated
  Marissa Madrid, 22, April 28, 2013, Chico State University More Information Marissa lost her life when she fell from a tree in a recreational area early in the morning. Madrid was on a branch about 20 feet off the ground when she lost her balance, fell and struck her head on concrete. A companion told police she had been drinking in downtown bars earlier in the evening.  Her blood/alcohol level was tested to be .11. Accident- drinking associated
  Jonathon Bennett, 21, April 24, 2013,  East Carolina University More Information Jonathon lost his life when he after falling over six feet off a tree and landing on a metal post.  Authorities reported that Jonathon and his three friends were drinking prior to climbing on the fallen tree. Accident- drinking associated
  Peter Tran, 18, April 24, 2013, San Francisco State University More Information Peter lost his life while attending a Lambda Phi Epsilon “crossover” fraternity party where new members are initiated into the fraternity.   The hazing reportedly included alcohol use. Hazing
University's page Samuel Levine, 22, March 19, 2013, University of California More Information Samuel lost his life in Mexico on spring break while climbing to his hotel room from the outside when the structure on which he was supported collapsed.  His friends confirmed to investigators that he had been drinking prior to the climb. Accident- drinking associated
  Sean Murphy, March 13, 2013, Union College More Information Sean lost his life in an automobile accident in which he was a passenger.  The driver was tested and had a blood/alcohol level of .20 at the time of the accident. Accident- drinking associated
  Kyle Lamb, 20, March 7, 2013, Lansing Community College More Information Kyle was found unresponsive while on spring break near Panama City, FL.  Authorities attributed his death to alcohol positioning from a night of partying.     Alcohol Poisoning
University's page Anthony Barksdale II, 19, March 1, 2013, Boston University More Information Anthony lost his life due to alcohol poisoning after a frat party which school officials described as “an underage booze bash.”  The fraternity was suspended as result of the tragedy. Alcohol Poisoning
University's page Neala Frye, 23, February 17, 2013, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse More Information Neala lost her life after she fell into a ditch near railroad tracks after leaving a bar.  Tests showed her blood/alcohol level to be .17. Accident- drinking associated
  Jocelyn Pascucci, 19, February 16, 2013, Stony Brook University More Information A doorman discovered Jocelyn unconscious in the lobby of a NYC building.    She failed to recover succumbing to a heart condition exasperated by night of heavy drinking. Alcohol Exacerbated Health Condition
University's page Joseph Wiederrick, 18, January 20, 2013, University of Idaho More Information Joseph lost his life from hypothermia after leaving a party at a fraternity where he was drinking.   Joseph was found under a bridge three miles from campus.  Toxicology tests measured his blood-alcohol level at .17 percent. Factoring in his four hours of wandering, investigators estimate his blood-alcohol level could have started as high as .25 to .30 percent. Accident- drinking associated
  Simon Chavez, 22, January 15, 2013, Santa Barbara City College More Information Simon lost his life when struck by a hit and run driver while staggering on a freeway.  Simon’s family filed suit against a taxi company whose driver left Simon unattended in a drunken condition more than a mile from his home Accident- drinking associated
  Natalie Baine, 20, January 11, 2013, University of Alabama More Information Natalie lost her life when the truck in which she was riding crashed while returning to campus after a football bowl game.  Natalie’s family filed a lawsuit claiming the student driver was in no condition to drive since he was exhausted after spending several days in Miami where they spent their nights clubbing and drinking on South Beach and barely slept at all. Accident- drinking associated
University's page Nick Wilcox, 24, January 1, 2013, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee More Information Nick lost his life after celebrating New Years eve.  Nick drowned in the Milwaukee River and was found nearly three months later.  Tests showed his blood alcohol level to be 0.22 percent. Accident- drinking associated
   
 
 

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