Alcohol-related death of Gurnee student at Miami University ruled an accident

A coroner's office says the alcohol-related death of 18-year-old student at Miami University in Ohio last month has been ruled an accident.Autopsy and toxicology reports indicate freshman Erica Buschick, of Gurnee, Illinois, had a blood-alcohol level that...

Alcohol-related death of Gurnee student at Miami University ruled an accident

A coroner's office says the alcohol-related death of 18-year-old student at Miami University in Ohio last month has been ruled an accident.

Autopsy and toxicology reports indicate freshman Erica Buschick, of Gurnee, Illinois, had a blood-alcohol level that was more than four times Ohio's legal driving limit of .08. Police determined that Buschick had consumed champagne and vodka during a night of partying.

Buschick died Jan. 20. Her roommate found her unresponsive, face-down on a pillow on the floor of a dorm room. Authorities say her position might have been a factor in her death.

Gurnee student found dead at Miami University had passion for helping less fortunate Luke Hammill

While she was a Warren Township High School student, Erica Buschick went out of her way to help a wheelchair-bound student get from class to class, her father Eric said.

She also spent her summers working for the Gurnee Park District, helping handicapped children, her father said.

"That was her...

While she was a Warren Township High School student, Erica Buschick went out of her way to help a wheelchair-bound student get from class to class, her father Eric said.

She also spent her summers working for the Gurnee Park District, helping handicapped children, her father said.

"That was her...

(Luke Hammill)

Officials at the university have said they're worried about what they call a "blackout culture" of students heavily consuming liquor, and they're looking for ways to address that.

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