COLUMBUS, Ohio— The coroner says a student who died after jumping into a lake on the Ohio State University campus broke his neck.
Franklin County Coroner Anahi Ortiz said Thursday that preliminary autopsy results showed 22-year-old Austin Singletary, of Dayton, suffered a fracture of his C-5 vertebra, in the neck area, during the plunge into Mirror Lake Wednesday. She said additional testing is needed to make a final determination, which could take six or seven weeks.
Ohio State says it's moving to end the annual lake jump, a student-led event that has raised safety concerns for the school.
It has been a tradition since roughly the 1990s for throngs of students to leap into the campus lake ahead of Michigan weekend, when the Buckeyes play football against their biggest rival.