The Miami University student found dead in her dorm room Jan. 20 died from complications of alcohol consumption, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Coroner: Miami student died from complications of alcohol consumption

Buschick’s blood also tested positive for marijuana and an anti-depressant, according to the coroner’s office.

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Dr. James Swinehart, the pathologist who performed the autopsy said “She was lying face down with her head and face in a soft pillow. There was a history of binge drinking and a fall on the sidewalk prior to being placed in her dorm room.”

Swinehart said positional asphyxia may have played a roll in Buschick’s death because she was was found face down. Her death was ruled an accident.

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The Butler County Coroner’s office has ruled a Miami University student died from complications of alcohol consumption.

Erica Buschick, 18, died of complications of acute ethanol toxicity, according to information released today.

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The autopsy results confirm want the Miami University Police investigation showed.

Buschick, of Gurnee, Ill., was a first-year student studying special education. She was found dead on Jan. 20 by her roommate at the Morris Hall on South Maple Street.

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