Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The Northwestern University sophomore drowned in Wilmette Harbor last September. Police say he had a blood alcohol content roughly twice the legal limit for driving.
Evanston police say alcohol was a contributing factor in the accidental drowning of Northwestern University sophomore Harsha Maddula, whose body was found in Wilmette Harbor in September 2012. A toxicology report from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office indicated that Maddula had a blood alcohol level of .125, or roughly 1.5 times the legal driving limit of .08, according to Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott. “Although the medical examiner is determining the death to be a drowning, and the cause undetermined, the investigation from the police department appears to show that this was accidental in nature with a contributing factor being alcohol consumption,” Parrott told Patch. Maddula, a pre-med student from Garden City Park, NY, …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Witnesses say Northwestern student Harsha Maddula was drinking alcohol at a party he attended before he drowned in Wilmette Harbor this September, according to police.
Evanston police say alcohol may be a contributing factor in the death of Harsha Maddula, a Northwestern University sophomore who drowned in Wilmette Harbor this September. The pre-med student from Garden City Park, NJ, was last seen alive leaving a party in the 2000 block of Ridge Avenue around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. He was reported missing the following Monday, and police found his body in Wilmette Harbor on Thursday, Sept. 27. Since his death, police have been interviewing students who attended the party with Maddula and canvassed the area around Wilmette Harbor. While the canvass revealed no new information, some of the students who attended the party told police that he was intoxicated that night, according to Evanston Police …
Friday, September 28, 2012
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled that the cause of Maddula's death was drowning, either accidental or a suicide.
One day after police found the body of 18-year-old Northwestern sophomore Harsha Maddula in the waters of Wilmette Harbor, officials say his death was caused by drowning. A representative of the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office told Patch Friday, Sept. 28, that the cause of Maddula's death was accidental. But on Friday, Oct. 5, as police continued their investigation into his death, a spokesperson said the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office now considered it "undetermined," meaning it could be either a suicide or an accident. Maddula, of New Hyde Park, NY, was last seen alive on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 12:30 a.m., walking home from a party he attended off campus. Police traced his cell phone signal and determined that it …
Monday, August 29, 2011
The student died in a drowning accident over the weekend.
Evanston Township High School sent a notice to parents and guardians Sunday to inform them of the death of incoming freshman Tristan Shambee. Shambee, who was 14 years old, died this past weekend in a drowning accident in Wilmette. He "had been swimming off of the pier with several friends when a wave pulled him under and he did not resurface," according to a Wilmette Police statement. ETHS said it will provide grief counseling on-site to any student or staff member who needs it. No appointment is necessary. The school day will continue as normal. Earlier: Teen Drowns Near Gilson Park.