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Investigation: Midshipman drank before fatal crash

Wednesday - 6/4/2014, 8:03am  ET

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- An investigation has found a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman who died in a car crash on campus in February had been drinking at an Annapolis bar before the incident.

The investigation found 25-year-old Max Allen of Chesterfield, Virginia, died on Feb. 15 after returning to his dorm. Shortly after, he went back out, got into his Ford SUV, struck a building and swerved off the road into College Creek. The vehicle was submerged.

The Capital (http://bit.ly/1h5JytC ) obtained results of the academy investigation.

Investigators found that Allen briefly struggled to escape from his vehicle in the water before succumbing to cold water temperatures. A final autopsy listed the cause of death as hypothermia, complicated by drowning.

Investigators recommended the academy conduct additional training in vehicle safety and the effects of alcohol.

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Information from: The Capital of Annapolis, Md., http://capitalgazette.com


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