Toxicology report reveals fatal train victim had high B.A.C. level

Jan 7, 2014 8:48 PM

The Butte County Coroner’s office released the toxicology results of a Chico State student who was killed by a train.

Investigators say 19 year old James Lowder had a blood alcohol level of .20 percent, double the legal amount during the time of the accident.

Lowder, who is from Folsom was found dead at about 4:10 a.m. on November 15 alongside the tracks between West Sixth and West Seventh streets.

Investigators say an Amtrak engineer noticed Lowder’s body and reported it to the Chico Police Department.

A train passing through earlier didn’t see the Chico State student and kept going, according to Chico Police press release.

Lowder was a sophomore at Chico State and was majoring in pre-business administration.


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