Coroner releases WSU student’s official cause of death

Samuel Martinez's death determined to be accidental by Whitman County Coroner

OLIVER MCKENNA | THE DAILY EVERGREEN

JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen reporter

The Whitman County Coroner completed the investigation on Dec. 23 into the cause of death of a WSU student who died in November.

According to a press release issued today by Whitman County Coroner Annie Pillers,  Samuel Martinez’s official cause of death was acute alcohol intoxication. 

Martinez, a 19-year-old WSU freshman and Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) fraternity member, died on Nov. 12 at the ATO house. 

Martinez’s death was accidental, according to the press release. 

According to a previous article, first responders arrived around 8:35 a.m. on Nov. 12 at the ATO house. Martinez’s official time of death was 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 12. 

The Whitman County Coroner and the Pullman Police Department have been contacted for comment.