Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Texas SAE Pledge Was Drunk When He Fell From Balcony Last Fall

New Information in Death of UT Student

As reported by Austin's KVUE News:

There is new information regarding the death of an 18-year-old UT student who fell from a fifth floor balcony at the University Towers last fall.

A toxicology report for Tyler Cross shows the UT freshman died from an accidental fall, but it also says his blood alcohol content was well over the legal limit.

Cross’ autopsy results show that he had a blood alcohol content of .19, more than twice the legal limit when he fell from his fifth story balcony. Now, the TABC wants to know where the 18-year-old got the alcohol.

Cross is now the third student to die in West Campus in an alcohol-related death in little more than a year’s time. In December 2005, 18-year-old Phanta Jack Phoummarath was found dead of acute alcohol poisoning at a fraternity house. Then in August 2006, a St. Edwards University student, 19-year-old James Leonard, died at a party from a mixture of drugs and alcohol. His friend was charged with providing alcohol to a minor.

Cross’ roommates and some of his pledge brothers from Sigma Alpha Epsilon are cooperating with police.

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