Pa. authorities continue probe into student's alcohol death

March 05, 2004

Pennsylvania police will meet with York County prosecutors to review the investigation of a former standout athlete at Westminster High School who authorities said died after overdosing on grain alcohol.

Spring Garden Township Police Chief George J. Swartz Jr. said investigators are trying to piece together what led to the death of Andrew S. Hayes, 19, who was found dead in his dormitory bed at York College on Dec. 13.

Toxicology reports released this week show that the cause of death was an overdose of grain alcohol. When Hayes died, his blood-alcohol level was .35 percent. No other drugs were detected in his system, and there was no evidence of assault or injury, police said. Swartz said he will meet with prosecutors within the next week to discuss what charges, if any, will be pursued in the case.

Hayes, a track and soccer star, was his high school's Male Athlete of the Year in 2002. During his senior year, he was named Carroll County Indoor Track Performer of the Year by The Sun.

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