Student died of a broken neck at OSU’s Mirror Lake jump, Dispatch reports

27 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Man dies while taking part in Ohio State-Michigan pre-game ritual.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A student who jumped into a lake at Ohio State University as part of an annual event probably died from a broken neck, the county coroner said Thursday. A man in Columbus, Ohio, died on Wednesday after taking part in a traditional student-led ritual designed to bring good luck to Ohio State against Michigan, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Franklin County Coroner Anahi Ortiz said preliminary autopsy results show that junior Austin Singletary, 22, of Dayton, fractured his C-5 vertebra, in the neck area, during the plunge into Mirror Lake on Wednesday. The two teams are set to face off on Saturday. “Unfortunately after several hours of medical care, the young man removed from Mirror Lake early this morning has passed away from his injuries,” the university said in a statement. Ortiz said her office will conduct additional testing, including a toxicology screening, to make a final determination of what caused Singletary’s death.

University spokesman Chris Davey said the jump — which involved an estimated 10,000 students throughout the evening — was not sanctioned by the university. It has been a tradition since roughly the 1990s for throngs of students to leap into the campus lake ahead of Michigan weekend, when the Buckeyes play their biggest rival.

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