Alcohol Poisoning Investigated in Univ. of Del. Student's Death

18 year old dies after party at Frat house.

By Karen Araiza, Monique Braxton and Attiyah Buford
|  Sunday, Nov 9, 2008  |  Updated 6:18 PM EDT
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Alcohol Poisoning Investigated in Univ. of Del. Student's Death

COURTESY STAR LEDGER

University of Delaware student Brett Griffin.

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Alcohol poisoning is being looked at as Newark police investigate the death of an 18 year old University of Delaware freshman. 

Paramedics found the fraternity member, Brett J. Griffin, in cardiac arrest early this morning at an off-campus house in New Castle. 

 

An autopsy added little to answer how a University of Delaware student died

Police say Griffin had been at a Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity function at the house, which is occupied by the fraternity.  About 40 people had been at the house, according to police.

Here is the Press Release put out by police late Saturday:

The Newark Police Department is actively investigating the death of an 18 year-old University of Delaware student.  A 911 call was received at 2:52 a.m. reporting an unconscious person at 28 Annabelle Street, Newark.  An ambulance from the Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder Company was dispatched and arrived to find the victim in cardiac arrest and not breathing.  The ambulance crew along with New Castle County Paramedics initiated life-saving measures to the victim at the scene and while he was being transported to Christiana Hospital.  He pronounced was dead at the hospital.

The initial investigation reveals the victim was a pledge of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity.  The victim was attending a fraternity function at the house occupied by the fraternity.  Initial information estimates that about 40 people were at the house.  An overdose of alcohol is being investigated as a preliminary cause of the medical emergency.   An autopsy will be performed, most likely on Sunday November 9.

The victim is Brett J. Griffin, an 18 year-old University of Delaware freshman, from Kendall Park, NJ.

The next scheduled update for this release will be on the afternoon of Sunday November 9.  Any critical information will be released as it is learned.

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