Investigation: Midshipman drank before fatal crash

ANNAPOLIS - An investigation has found a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman who died in a car crash on campus in February had been drinking at an Annapolis bar before the incident.

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The investigation found 25-year-old Max Allen of Chesterfield, Virginia, returned to his dorm on campus Feb. 15. Shortly after, he went back out, got into his Ford SUV, struck a building and swerved off the road into College Creek. The vehicle was submerged.

The Capital  obtained results of the academy investigation.

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Investigators found that Allen briefly struggled to escape from his vehicle in the water before succumbing to cold water temperatures. A final autopsy listed the cause of death as hypothermia, complicated by drowning.

Investigators recommended the academy conduct additional training in vehicle safety and the effects of alcohol.

 

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