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Student died of apparent alcohol intoxication, LAPD says

March 5, 2012 |  6:15 pm

The death of a 17-year-old Panorama High School student appears to be alcohol-related, police said Monday afternoon.

Salvador Preciado passed out after drinking alcoholic beverages with friends at a party Friday evening, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Preciado was driven from the party by a friend to the apartment of another friend, where a call was made to his mother to tell her about his condition, police said. The friends at the apartment fell asleep and woke up about 8:45 p.m. when the mother arrived.

"Preciado was unresponsive and paramedics were called," the LAPD said in a statement. "Detectives believe Preciado died from alcohol intoxication."

Preciado, who was expected to graduate in several months, was a member of the school's football, track and wrestling teams, officials said.

The LAPD said an exact cause of death would be determined the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. John Deasy said in a statement that crisis counselors were at the school Monday. Even though the incident did not occur on campus, Deasy said, the district launched an administrative investigation.

"I would like to express my condolences to the family of Salvador Preciado, to his friends and to his school family," Deasy said.


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