UMD student Alyssa Jo Lommel tweeted about tequila shots before she was found freezing [UPDATE]

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:::: UPDATE :::: Alyssa Jo Lommel, UMD student who almost froze, still hasn't been told about her injuries

Around 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 19-year-old University of Minnesota-Duluth student Alyssa Jo Lommel was found passed out on a neighbor's porch. She had apparently been outside all night while temperatures dropped as low as 17 degrees below zero. As you'd imagine, she was suffering from severe hypothermia.

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Lommel was rushed to the hospital. As of last night, she was in "stable critical" condition, but her parents told the Duluth News Tribune she may end up losing one or more of her hands and feet.

On her CaringBride page, Lommel's father wrote yesterday that Alyssa Jo is "in very tough condition," according to a Northland NewsCenter report.

Police say Lommel was dropped off at her residence at 810 Woodland Avenue around midnight. More than nine hours later, she was found unconscious after a passerby reported seeing her outside her neighbor's place. Nobody was home at the neighbor's house that night.

Though no information has been released by authorities as to what Lommel was up to the night before she was found freezing to death, this tweet published Friday afternoon offers a clue:

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Alyssa Jo Lommel on Twitter

:::: UPDATE ::::

Yesterday, Duluth police released some new details about Lommel's Friday night. From the Duluth News Tribune:
The driver of [the pickup that dropped Lommel off around midnight] was asked how intoxicated Lommel was. Friends said she had been drinking for six hours, including a game where she took tequila shots. Police reported finding a Twitter entry from Lommel stating "Yum Yum 10th shot of tequila." [It appears that tweet, along with the one screengrabbed above, has been deleted from Lommel's account.]

The man who dropped her off told police that Lommel had "no more than usual" when it came to drinks that night.

"Just like a normal party chick," the report read when talking about the driver's observations. "She wasn't wasted. She could talk. And she wasn't falling-down drunk."
The St. Cloud Times, also citing police, reports that Lommel wasn't wearing a winter jacket or gloves Friday night. Footprints in the snow indicate she at one point tried to enter a car parked in the backyard of the house where she was eventually found unconscious on the porch.

Lommel remains in critical condition in a burn unit at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

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rhettromsaas
rhettromsaas

good thing we're spending all that money on a new Vikings stadium. 


god forbid we actually try to come up with a new approach to help these idiot kids have a little more common sense... To be clear, I'm talking about the asshole driver.

thosehappydays
thosehappydays

College kids often lack common sense,and therein lies the tragedy.

Matt_1_Up
Matt_1_Up

I am glad to hear she is alive. I can't even handle pumping gas for a minute without crying like a little bitch when it's that cold. 

Tragic - yes. 

her parents told the Duluth News Tribune that she may end up losing one or more of her hands and feet. On her CaringBride page, Lommel's father wrote yesterday that Alyssa Jo is "in very tough condition,"


Surprising - No. 

http://www.truecrimereport.com/2010/09/karen_kappelman_15_drunk_froze.php

http://www.dreamindemon.com/2013/01/24/joseph-wiederrick-university-idaho-student-froze-death-leaving-fraternity-party/

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/12/19/chris-robichaud-freezes-to-death-in-slave-lake-yard_n_2330821.html

Normal behavior = Apparently.

http://medialiteracyproject.org/sites/default/files/images/Bud-Extra.jpg

http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2013/12/i_cant_stop_watching_this_drunk_vikings_fan_tumble_down_rows_of_metrodome_seats_video.php

http://www.kegworks.com/images/blogpost/bud-bowl-ad.jpg

http://static.mcetv.fr/img/2011/06/duff-energy-drink-homer-simpson.jpg


Legal = Yes.

http://norml.org/marijuana

http://msn.foxsports.com/collegefootball/story/Five-TCU-football-players-tested-positive-for-marijuana-use-in-recent-drug-test-of-the-team-021612

http://www.theweedblog.com/family-sues-after-man-dies-in-jail-after-marijuana-possession-arrest/

http://reason.com/blog/2013/05/17/reason-rupe-majority-of-americans-suppor

(not trying to disrespect this girl in any way but I was just thinking about the last time someone smoked so much weed that they ended up passing out outside when it was below zero.....just sayin)

sashadoranqb
sashadoranqb

Who ever thinks she deserves what she got is a fucking idiot and a fucking hypocritical bitch. Look yourself in the mirror and remember yourself as a teen and drown in your own disgust. You never went out with friends while growing up? You never got drunk enough where your friend took you home? You never threw up because of alcohol? I don't even know the girl but I would never judge someone I don't know but one thing I know all the parents and kids talking shit about her need to go look in the mirror.

Giantsteps
Giantsteps

Amazing, you folks just don't get it. I think most if not all people feel bad for her but feeling bad isn't the point. Any idiot can see this is a tragic situation and guess why it was. Calling her poor girl and praying for a family is sweet and all but what does that do? Make you feel better because you can relate? Not all of us drink to excess, not even in college, despite what your tunnel vision soliloquies tell you. Apparently she had 10 shots of tequila in one day. Despite those who think anyone that thinks this is abnormal, unacceptable mental and physical behavior to be the Anti-Christ- this is why she ended up in this situation. Yes, I'm am deeply relieved she survived and it would be very comforting for someone to sit next to her hospital bed, hold her hand, and tell her how much she's loved. She does need that, but is that really the support? Think bigger, quit being college idiots and partying like you've never left your cave! All you fools think it's acceptable because you say everyone does it! Yes everyone that hangs around you and your friends probably do. And then there's those who don't, but  you're possibly too inebriated and self absorbed to think that there are other students around you who don't share this idiotic ideology. What, do you clowns think this some kind of freekin joke? This behavior is not to be applauded. Cheers!

SarcasmandBeer
SarcasmandBeer

Vodka Samm and now Alyssa Jo. Take note college students.

Kevin M Frazier
Kevin M Frazier

who ever dropped her off should of made sure she got in the house or stayed with her till some one showed up

StCloudProud
StCloudProud

Nobody should be judged for any of this? Has anyone been on a college campus before? Everyone get's drunk at the games, and every one gets drunk after. It's not unusual, she just happened to make one false step and end up short of her destination. We've all been there before, she just wasn't fortunate enough to have someone there to help her. As for the people who dropped her off, there not at fault either. It was another weekend, they dropped off someone who was drunk and went back to their own house. Only thing that happened different this time is something bad happened so there looking for someone to point the finger at.

Sara Sarid
Sara Sarid

So sad. My prayers are with Alyssa Jo and her family.

creativepro
creativepro

I think you can judge her "friends"  however. who would drop a friend off in freezing temps without a winter coat and gloves hoping she would make it inside? How many extra seconds would it of taken to see that she was safe?  

kimlafitness
kimlafitness

Allenanderson: be quiet ..... Keep your judgmental comments to yourself!!! This family doesn't need judgement .... Just support.

May this family find comfort and peace, may their daughter heal quickly.

alleneanderson
alleneanderson

I hope and pray she will be ok but I have to wonder what kind of Morals she grew up with?  I grew up in a Christain home where no drinking was allowed or tolerated.  the parents need to instill moral values in the children so they will not do this when they grow up and get away from home.   

thejr
thejr

any update on her condition? I hope she's going to be ok.

Giantsteps
Giantsteps

Yes this is sad, yes we all know the cliche is that college kids get wasted and we somehow think this is acceptable behavior. There are many college students that don't touch the stuff, so stating this could happen to anyone is ignorant. People in this part of the country in particular have a knack for passive aggressiveness and the sympathetic "poor me" or "I'm entitled" syndrome; a trait that's non-productive in serious situations especially. 

     Sympathy wont cure behavior like this. Having fun is fine, but overindulging can be pressing the button of death or close as seen by her results. This type of accepted behavior also kills innocent and guilty people in automobile accidents. It also promotes one to be more susceptible to crimes such as rape, robbery or many other crimes. Sympathy is fine, but don't state people should only voice words of sympathy when things like this happen. I feel very sorry for her, but she needs to grow the hell up as well as anyone else that chooses to live like this. If acceptable overindulging ever resulted in my family being a victim, sympathy would be further down my list. Cheers!

Ann Langer
Ann Langer

It's so sad her "friend" didn't make stick around to make sure she went indoors.

Lola House
Lola House

That explains it. I really do hope she recovers and soon, but even more I hope she learns a very valuable lesson! And her 'friends'!

Lola House
Lola House

10 shots of TEQUILA!!!!!??? Wtf was this child thinking!!!

Jeanne Bakker
Jeanne Bakker

Yes she drank too much, wasn't dressed for the weather, friends left her when they shouldn't have. She is a person though and sympathy should cross your mind first, even if you ask why after. This makes me feel like when someone gets raped and it is immediately about what they were wearing and how much they had to drink. Bottom line is fucked up shit happened, nobody deserved it ever and we can feel for that no matter what.

Paige Beuning
Paige Beuning

Obviously the people that are not being sympathetic towards her condition do not know her, and you have no reason to be commenting on here. Please find something else to do with your life. This could be anybody, most college kids these days drink, and if you think otherwise please spend a weekend at a college. Thoughts and prayers towards Alyssa and her family, love you Alyssa

jontkernel
jontkernel

People need to stop saying "this could happen to anybody."  By saying this, you are normalizing her behavior.  Any person who decides to down 10 shots of tequila is taking a huge risk and is engaging in dangerous behavior.  By engaging in this type of "apology" for her actions, you remove the responsibility she owns for the choices she made.  Of course others have made the same choice (drinking excessively) without enduring the same result, but that is beside the point.  Let her example be a lesson in the danger that is inherent in the choice to binge drink.


jason.dorweiler
jason.dorweiler topcommenter

All I can think is damn, this is incredibly shitty. I really hope she doesn't have to lose any parts of her body, and that she bounces back from this.

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

It's too bad her ride didn't wait till she got inside the house.

Jesse Crenshaw
Jesse Crenshaw

Whenever dropping a girl off it's just common courtesy to wait there in the car until you can see she (or he, who you are dropping off doesn't matter) has gotten safely inside. This goes for summer too, as it's not just the cold that you're watching for, but anyone who would do violence.

samala14
samala14

This is so sad:( as a current college student i know first hand that drinking is part of college and most students do it legally or not. this could have happened to anyone.  Talking to people who personally know her I haven't heard one bad thing about Alyssa. all I have heard is how caring nice and smart she is! I hope nothing but the best for her, her family and her friends. Im praying for you Alyssa! 

Ben RickJames Rickel
Ben RickJames Rickel

I thought it was common courtesy when dropping a friend off at home to wait until you see them safely enter their house? Sober or drunk, if you care about someone you care about their safety. It's really too bad that this happened to her, I hope for a quick recovery.

Amber Campana
Amber Campana

It wouldn't have mattered what she was wearing. She still would have been frozen.

Jason Ness
Jason Ness

Not one person here is mentioning at all that on a night with a forecast of well below zero, she goes out in just JEANS, A SWEATSHIRT, AND "lightweight boots"?! Drinking or not, that's stupid.

MMK11
MMK11

It was just so disheartening to read some of the comments regarding this article. I can't imagine living a life void of compassion. Good luck throwing your stones! So Gross.

DanielPeavey
DanielPeavey

@stevesilberman Someone drove her home in that condition but didn't make sure she was safely inside before leaving?

Andrea Aubin
Andrea Aubin

So sad. This is why when I drop friends off I always make sure they are inside their home before I leave. I hope she will be okay!!

Nina Sobotta
Nina Sobotta

Perfect example of how one night of drinking can change your life forever

koukla
koukla

@Giantsteps And what makes you think we're applauding this behavior? Obviously everyone knows this is not a joke "Any idiot can see this is a tragic situation" so what makes you think that the rest of us are oblivious and you alone can see the fault in the situation? Yes she made a mistake in this case but I would bet my life that you've made just as many mistakes as she has. You're not perfect either buddy so why do you find it necessary to attack her decisions? NO ONE is saying that it is acceptable to drink under age and NO ONE is under the impression that she didn't have a decision. Unfortunately her decision had larger repercussions than anyone could have expected and we're relieved that she even survived. No one is supporting the behavior that led to this tragic event, we're simply supporting her and her family. Drinking does not make you a self absorbed idiot, and there are a LOT of people in this world who choose not to drink. Just because you didn't necessarily choose that route in college does not make you better than everyone else and it certainly does not give you the right to talk down to us.

feistess
feistess

@StCloudProud Umm... no. I don't know how you were raised, but I was raised that you make sure the person GETS IN THE DOOR before you leave, drunk or no. That ONE common courtesy would have saved this woman's life, and would have taken an extra 10 minutes for the person dropping her off. 

creativepro
creativepro

I've read all the uncaring comments on this page about this poor girl, and all I got to say is I hope to God nothing like this happens to you or anyone you know. Hopefully then, you will not be blaming her for what her friends did not do.  Wait until she got inside safely.  It seems to me that many here want to blame her for getting drunk, and her punishment should be that she would freeze outside.  Thank GOD I don't have uncaring people like those here who posted ridiculous things as friends, or I would end up just like her.  What a bunch of a****. Hope those like you find yourself passed out in the snow after dropped off by "friends". Or in hell where you can melt the ice off.  And for those of you who to take the time to wish her well. God Bless!

feistess
feistess

@alleneanderson I grew up in a heathen swearing home where alcohol was readily available and my best friend grew up in a "Christian" home where sex was bad, alcohol was bad, public schools were bad, ect. Guess which one of us is called mommy? Guess which one is divorced? Guess which one has engaged in riskier drinking behavior by far? Hint: it ain't the one who went to 'teh ebils' public schools. I generally saw the people who had the most dangerous drinking behavior were the ones who grew up in homes where alcohol is always bad, only evil people drink it, ect. Guess what happened when they got to college and were unsupervised and had NO IDEA of it's effects, what was good, what was too much, ect? Yeah.... they drank FAR AND AWAY more than I ever did. 

erinma14
erinma14

What an awful thing to say. As a Christian you should know that the only one able to judge people is God.

creativepro
creativepro

@Giantsteps ou obviously don't have much sympathy for someone who might lose her limbs. The fact is people do over indulge, and if you say this could never be you think again. One night you might be depressed and decide to go to a bar with friends and drink too much. Hopefully your friends won't drop you outside someplace with no gloves or winter coat stinkin' drunk and drive off. Yeah, it could happen to you high and mighty. So what you are saying because she drank too much she deserves to lose her limbs?  you are a stupid a** How old are you?

creativepro
creativepro

@jontkernel Cause it could happen to anybody if you had friends like that. What if you had a medical condition like a seizure or something and your loaded friends dropped you off and you had a seizure before you got in the house?  Can you understand now how this could happen to anyone?  

creativepro
creativepro

@jontkernel  You obviously don't have much sympathy for someone who might lose her limbs. The fact is people do over indulge, and if you say this could never be you think again. One night you might be depressed and decide to go to a bar with friends and drink too much. Hopefully your friends won't drop you outside someplace with no gloves or winter coat stinkin' drunk and drive off. Yeah, it could happen to you high and mighty. So what you are saying because she drank too much she deseves to lose her limbs?  you are a stupid a** How old are you?

creativepro
creativepro

or for that matter dropping anyone off and especially in her condition. Some friends huh?


stevesilberman
stevesilberman

@dianewitt I know. As the son of an alcoholic, it bums me out to see people bragging about binge drinking in social media.

Giantsteps
Giantsteps

@koukla@GiantstepsMy friend, I believe you were just in a hurry to reply to my comment as you obviously weren't concise in your response; at least not to what I wrote. 

1) "Drinking doesn't make you a self absorbed idiot " - I see no where in my quotes that I said anything of the such. However, I did state excessive drinking to the point of the subject at matter? Did you see that word excess?

2)"Just because you didn't choose that route...doesn't make you better..blah.blah." - Sure I chose the route to drink; still do. I choose not to drink to the point that I'm out of control = excessive drinking to the point negative, life threatening things may occur. Making me better is a moot point. Nonetheless it does make me one that won't end up in a voluntary out of control drinking scenario. If you think that makes me better...cheers!. If you take it as talking down to you, so be it. Idiots consistently drink excessive, and become out of control often causing harm. I'll talk down to them, you or anyone else that fits that bill. Why, because it's dangerous to not only them but people around them and it's true.  It's not a prerequisite for you to like what I say when I say it.

3) You may not want to bet your life that I made as many mistakes as she. You are sounding like a walking cliche in your remarks to people that disagree with comments. Yes I'll attack her decisions and voice my opinion of her decisions. Doesn't mean I hate her or dislike her but she made an ignorant life threatening decision, as many of the college students do according to the post I read and possibly you also. That's not acceptable. Grow up.

Giantsteps
Giantsteps


@creativeproDid you skip over my comment? It's dedicated to your philosophy. Yes..we should all be tolerant of out of control, excess drinking right? It's college, what does one expect right? She's the victim! It was mandatory that she drank that much because it's college! Anyone who doesn't support her behavior is a horrible human because this is her entitled right! 


Yeah, I'll support her and her family with some hard knocks real talk, unlike the passive b.s. you find fashionable. I hope she fares well also, but unlike you and your silly philosophy, prayers and the other fake crap you think is relevant doesn't cure issues such as hers.


I don't recall anyone blaming her friends for her excess drinking as she did that one. Her friends have yet another issue. Cheers!

jontkernel
jontkernel

It's unfortunate that you did not comprehend the point I was attempting to make.  I have a high degree of sympathy and empathy for this young woman's ordeal.  I too have battled problems with alcohol in my life and understand how dangerous it can be.  I have seen it ruin the lives of members of my family and read daily about its effects on the lives of people across this country.  None of my "sympathy" can change the brutal facts of this case, which is that this young woman made terrible decisions that night that could have ultimately caused her own death.  It is sad, in fact extremely sad, but it doesn't change the fact that it was her decision drink and her situation is a direct result of that decision.  There is simply no way around this basic truth.

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