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Coroner: Teen-Ager Who Fell From Cliff Was Drunk

November 13, 1991

PEN ARGYL, Pa. (AP) _ A teen-ager who fell from a 50-foot-high cliff behind a high school was extremely drunk, but his death was accidental, a coroner’s report said.

Todd Butler, whose body was found early Saturday, had a blood-alcohol level of well over 0.2 percent, said Northampton County coroner Joseph Reichel. In Pennsylvania, a person is considered intoxicated when the level reaches 0.1 percent.

Those who provided Butler with the alcohol are partially responsible for his death, Reichel said.

Investigators believe Butler fell to his death during an annual ritual the night before the Pen Argyl-Bangor football game in which students battle to see who can paint a rock atop the cliff with their school’s colors.

A meeting is planned Thursday for Bangor and Pen Argyl residents to discuss Butler’s death and how to prevent future accidents.

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