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Autopsy Rules Olson Drowning Accidental

Alcohol and cocaine were in the system of the 20-year-old college student from Lafayette who fell in water from float party down the Sacramento River on Labor Day weekend.

Glenn County officials on Monday classified the drowning death of Brett Olson of Lafayette as accidental, and said that his system had a high level of alcohol and he had recently used cocaine.

Olson, 20, a student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo from Lafayette, went missing during a Labor Day weekend float down the Sacramento River from Beer Can Beach. A fisherman found his body a week later downstream on the river.

Olson's blood alcohol content was 0.28 percent, said Glenn County Undersheriff Rich Warren, according to a piece by the Chico Enterprise-Record. Alcohol levels can increase about 0.05 percent after death, the undersheriff said — even with that correction, his blood alcohol level was almost three times the legal driving limit. The sheriff's office received autopsy results Monday.

More than 1,000 people turned out for a memorial service for Olson Sept. 11 at Acalanes High School in Lafayette. In the days after Sept. 2, hundreds of friends and volunteers turned out to search the river and spread the word of "Bretty's" disappearance via social media.

Chris Nicholson October 06, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Are you serious? What a terrifying perspective you have on "accountability." How about PERSONAL accountability. Brett made bad choices (although the same ones that many of us repeatedly made without consequences) and paid the ultimate price. That, to me, feels like enough accountability. And you want his parents to sue his buddies' parents? Jesus. Only in America.
Lee October 07, 2012 at 07:08 AM
This is so sad.
sigdot40 October 08, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Typical liberal response from Chris Nicholson. Maybe you made those choices and good luck to you. Let's remember that's cocaine is illegal and he was underage. I guess its ok in Lafayette to party with kids. I have seen it and it makes me sick. Oh, let's send our son some booze for his college party...it goes on here more than ever. I would bet money that the so-called friend’s parents are dysfunctional and are drug or alcohol abusers. Wake up!
Chris Nicholson October 08, 2012 at 04:07 AM
SigSauerDot, you read me like a book. Good luck to you, especially if you have kids.
anna October 14, 2012 at 07:53 AM
very sad....I feel that the friends should have stayed together at an event like this.....we all know how we can get separated from a group at this type of event, I am sure they feel guilt and hopefully they will all stick close to each other from now on ....we cant go back just forward. I dont know how many times i have helped a stranger drunk outside a bar sittling on the ground throwing up with no friends around.....so, not only his friends ....anyone who sees someone that is like that should try to help if possible. To me it seems sad that noone saw anything even if he was drunk or high......it is just sad and senseless.......i know i lost a child myself....i cry everyday for him...noone knows how this feels until it happens to you....losing a child is horrible...i am sorry for his mother, who carried him, his father that had the high expectations of him and any brothers or sister that lost a best friend or someone they looked up to......please everyone look out for each other and do the best you can to protect one another........

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