Alcohol Poisoning Killed Clemson Freshman

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) _ Authorities say heavy drinking led to the death of a 19-year-old Clemson University student at an off-campus apartment last month. Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley released a toxicology report Thursday confirming that alcohol poisoning killed Tyler Karolczyk on Nov. 12, three days before his 20th birthday. The report found the freshman from Mount Pleasant has a blood-alcohol level was 0.267 percent, or three times the legal limit to drive. Karolczyk’s roommates found him unresponsive in his bed and he died at the hospital a short time later. Kelley says Karolczyk wasn’t a frequent drinker. In the weeks after his death, the teen’s mother participated in a rally at Clemson to increase awareness of excessive drinking.

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