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Medical examiner: UA student was drunk when he fell to his death

TUCSON, Ariz. — An autopsy has determined that a University of Arizona
student was drunk when he apparently accidentally fell to his
death April 4 while climbing a rooftop tower.

The Arizona Daily Star reported that 19-year-old Michael
Evan Anderson of Mission Viejo, Calif., had a blood alcohol level of more than twice the
.08 legal limit for drivers.

There was evidence that Anderson also had smoked marijuana but it didn’t
indicate when. Dr. Gregory Hess of the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office
said the student clearly was under the influence, primarily of alcohol.

Anderson was with another student when they went to the roof of a three-story
residence hall.

Anderson had climbed about halfway up a 20-foot tall ventilation tower when he
fell onto the rooftop.


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