Chico State lacrosse teams suspended after student's death

Feb 3, 2015 6:47 PM by News Staff

The Chico State men's and women's lacrosse teams have been suspended for violating a university alcohol policy, the result of an investigation into the death of freshman Nicholas Castellanos.

According to a news release from the school, several violations occurred between January 10 and January 16, when the teams reportedly held social functions where alcohol was available. On January 16, freshman lacrosse player Nicholas Castellanos, was killed after being struck by a car at the intersection of Walnut and Fifth Street.

Police say Castellanos ran across the crosswalk on West 5th Street, against the red light and was struck by a man driving a Honda Passport northbound on Walnut Street.

Student Affairs administrators became aware of the parties last month during an inquiry into the circumstances of Castellanos death.

The players and coaches were informed of the suspensions Monday, and effective immediately they cannot take part in any competitions or conduct any club business. They can reapply to be recognized as a student organization at the end of the spring semester.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office said Castellano's toxicology results are not available at this time.

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