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UPDATE: Medical Examiner said B.A.C was .165 for student who went into Swift Creek


LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - The La Crosse County Medical Examiner Tim Candahl said Thursday that alcohol was a contributing factor in the death of a Winona State student whose vehicle fell through the ice into Swift Creek last month. 

Candahl said Ahman's B.A.C was 0.165, which is more than twice the legal limit to drive.

In a release from the Medical Examiner's Office, Candahl said that her death was ruled as cold water drowning with alcohol as a contributing factor.  

La Crosse Police Sergeant Randy Rank said the incident began about 1:30 in the morning on New Year's Day. An MTU employee called for emergency services after seeing tire tracks go off the street, over an embankment and out onto the ice.  The employee saw a large hole where it appeared a vehicle may have broken through, according to a police report.

Divers and underwater cameras located the car in roughly six to eight feet of water according to Sgt. Rank.

It took approximately 12 hours to bring the vehicle up from the water.  Ellen Marie Ahmann, 21, was found deceased inside.

Winona State University said Ellen, who goes by the name Ellie, enrolled at the college in fall 2010 and was a finance major.


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