Witnesses: UO student was drunk when he died at Lake Shasta

In documents obtained from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, one officer reported speaking to a witness, a friend of Pietrs, who said that by 4:30 p.m. Pietrs was drunk, and an hour later he was stumbling.

Posted: Jun. 6, 2018 6:31 PM

SHASTA, Calif. -- Documents from the Shasta County Sheriff's Office indicate that 21-year-old University of Oregon student Dylan Pietrs may have been drunk when he died at Lake Shasta around May 19.
Pietrs was at the annual Lake Shasta weekend. The trip is not sponsored by the university, but students involved in Greek life typically attend.

In the documents, one officer reported speaking to a witness, a friend of Pietrs, who said that by 4:30 p.m. Pietrs was drunk, and an hour later he was stumbling.

A different friend of Pietrs told police that he and others set up a tent and put Pietrs to bed to sober up. Later in the night, the friend couldn't find Pietrs' tent and believed that he moved it. In the morning when he woke up, he found Pietrs’ tent down a nearby hill rolled up.

The witness told police that when he realized Pietrs was still in the tent, he rushed to get him out but struggled because it was so tight. Witnesses performed CPR, but it was too late.

Police don't suspect foul play. The case is still under investigation by the Shasta County Coroner’s Office.

Soon after Pietrs’ death, the University of Oregon was criticized after releasing a statement online that read:

"It is important to point out that this tragedy is connected to an unauthorized tradition among many college students. Students from many institutions have a history of demonstrating poor life choices during visits to Lake Shasta. These activities are contrary to the values of the university and fraternity and sorority organizations."

Soon after, the university retracted the statement and posted a different one offering their condolences to Pietrs' friends and family. A vigil for Pietrs was later held on campus.

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