- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Two 21-year-old college students who died earlier this summer drowned when a car they were riding in went into a Naperville quarry, according to DuPage County Coroner’s Office officials.

Sajaad Syed of Naperville and Mihirtej Boddupalli of Lisle were killed in the early morning of July 19 after the car ran through a fence and fell into 40-feet-deep water in the quarry, The Naperville Sun (https://bit.ly/1mgfoqw ) reported. The drowning ruling was made recently, following toxicology testing results that showed alcohol and narcotics were not a factor in their deaths, Chief Deputy Coroner Charlie Dastych said.

Prosecutors from the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office say Michael Szot, the driver who survived by escaping from the car, was intoxicated and perhaps high on marijuana during the accident. DuPage County Circuit Court records show his blood alcohol level was 0.14, more than double the state’s legal definition of intoxication. Marijuana was also found in his system.

Szot is facing nine felony counts of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol during an accident causing death. He pleaded not guilty to all of the charges in August. He’s set to return to court early next month.

A message seeking comment was left with Szot’s attorney Thursday afternoon.

On Tuesday, the Naperville City Council approved restrictions on local bars’ alcohol prices and special training for employees, partly in response to the fatal crash. Council members are also considering additional changes to prevent drunken driving.

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Information from: The Naperville Sun, https://www.suburbanchicagonews.com

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