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Tape Shown in Alcohol Death Trial

April 20, 2001

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. (AP) _ As an 18-year-old college freshman downed the vodka that killed him, a friend warned him that he was going to die, according to a videotape shown in court.

In the video, Bloomsburg University student Jared Drosnock was drinking from a bottle of vodka in what appeared to be a chugging contest with another student.

Pi Kappa Phi fraternity member Chris Blankenship is heard on the tape saying, ``You’re going to die tonight, Jared. Stop it.″ Others recorded on the tape also warned Jared to stop drinking.

The tape was shown Thursday during a preliminary hearing for David Klimowicz, who is charged with manslaughter, recklessly endangering another person and furnishing alcohol to a minor. The judge ruled at the hearing that he should stand trial.

Klimowicz, 21, a criminal justice major at nearby Bucks County Community College, is accused of providing the vodka that led to Drosnock’s death during a Pi Kappa Phi party Jan. 27.

On the tape, a man police say is Klimowicz is heard saying, ``That’s my bottle. Take it. Take it, man.″

The following day, fraternity members found Drosnock dead on the floor. He had a blood alcohol level of 0.35 percent _ more than three times the state’s legal limit for driving.

Defense attorney Richard Fink argued that Drosnock acted recklessly and that Klimowicz was unaware that Drosnock was 18 years old.

If convicted of involuntary manslaughter, Klimowicz would face up to five years in prison and a criminal record that would bar him from a career in law enforcement.

Fink said his client ``is praying he can still become an officer.″

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