Death of Ohio State student in lake jump is ruled accidental

OSU moves to stop lake jump after a student died.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A coroner says an Ohio State University student died from accidental trauma caused by diving into shallow water during a traditional cold-weather lake jump two months ago.

Twenty-two-year-old Austin Lee Singletary died in the Mirror Lake jump, which drew thousands of other students in the early morning hours of Nov. 25. Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz said Tuesday the cause of death was blunt force trauma to Singletary’s head and neck.

Almost immediately after the death, Ohio State announced it would move to end the tradition, held annually before the rivalry football game against Michigan.

The university’s Student Government General Assembly has also backed ending the event, although some students have been critical of stopping the jump.

Singletary was a third-year student from Dayton.

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