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Tyler Cross, SAE and lacrosse club, death under investigation at Texas-Austin

Excerpt: “Tyler Cross, an 18-year-old mechanical engineering freshman, fell from the fifth-floor balcony of the University Towers dormitory and died from “blunt force injuries,” according to his autopsy report. A subsequent toxicology report revealed he had a blood alcohol content of .19, more than twice the legal limit, at the time of his death last November.

Cross, an Atlanta native, was a pledge in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and a member of the UT Lacrosse Club. Police said in early March they are still investigating the incident. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is conducting a parallel examination.”

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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