HAMILTON, Ohio -- More than a month after her death, the Butler County Coroner confirms that a Miami University freshman died from alcohol poisoning.
The coroner said Wednesday that Erica Buschick, 18, died of "complications of acute ethanol toxicity" on Jan. 20. Her death was ruled an accident.
Buschick's blood alcohol content was 0.347, according to the coroner's report. She also tested positive for THC. Asphyxiation may have also played a role in her death, as she was found face down in a soft pillow.
In January, school officials alluded to binge drinking as a factor in Buschick's death; Miami President Greg Crawford wrote in a statement that police reports suggest "that alcohol contributed to this tragedy."
"High-risk alcohol consumption among college students is of concern to every university president and I am determined and committed to doing all that we can to help ensure the well-being of all of our students," Crawford wrote.
Last weekend, police charged 35 people with underage drinking near Miami's campus. State agents arrested 17 people Friday at Johnny's Campus Deli on East Sycamore Street. All used fake identifications to buy beer, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Ohio Investigative Unit.
"After the incidents that had taken place, we thought that we definitely needed to get some guys up there and see what was going on," said Adam Johnson, agent-in-charge at the Cincinnati district office.