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WSU student dies with .40 blood alcohol level

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PULLMAN, WA (KPTV) -

An 18-year-old freshman at Washington State University died with a blood alcohol level five times the legal limit.

Kenny Hummel was found unconscious in a campus dorm room on Saturday morning. He was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later.

The Whitman County coroner said Hummel's blood-alcohol level exceeded .40. A person is considered legally intoxicated with a level of .08.

The student's family said they believe the combination of energy drinks and alcohol may have led to their son's death.

The university said they have formed a special task force to focus new strategies and tactics on addressing student alcohol issues.

That will include educational and prevention programs, early intervention approaches, peer and mentor programs and coordination between Washington State and Pullman Regional Hospital.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, nearly 2,000 college students die from alcohol-related causes each year.

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