Erie coroner says student who died from hypothermia also was intoxicated

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A Gannon University student from Butler County who died of hypothermia last month also was drunk, the Erie County coroner said today.

Coroner Lyell Cook ruled the death of Abbrielle "Abbie" Brynda, 21, of Zelienople, an accident because of complications from hypothermia “in a setting of acute alcohol intoxication.”

He wouldn't release her blood-alcohol level, but said it was higher than 0.08 percent, the limit at which a driver is considered legally intoxicated in Pennsylvania.

Ms. Brynda, a 2011 Seneca Valley High graduate, was found unresponsive Feb. 1 in a fenced-in area between an old city firehouse and a commercial building in downtown Erie. She was last seen the night before at a nearby party.

She died later that evening at UPMC Hamot.

Molly Born: or 412-263-1944 or on Twitter @borntolede.


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