Autopsy: Winter Park man died of hypothermia
January 19, 2010
The autopsy of Kevin Gilbert, who froze to death in the winter morning hours after a night of drinking and socializing in Winter Park, ruled the manner of his death “accidental,” according to Grand County Coroner Brenda Bock.
The autopsy found Gilbert to have had a blood alcohol level of .225 percent on the morning of Nov. 25, 2009, well over the legal limit for intoxication of .08 percent.
Bock reported that no other drugs were found to have been in Gilbert’s system at the time of his death.
“The autopsy and investigation found his death was attributed to hypothermia due to exposure to extreme cold without proper attire as a consequence of alcohol intoxication,” Bock reported in a statement released on Tuesday.
On the morning of Nov. 25, Gilbert was found lying on the ground outside in downtown Winter Park. Winter Park Police later ascertained that he had stayed there after passing out in the wee-morning hours.
“I believe it was our assumption all along,” said Winter Park Police Chief Glen Trainor. “If we had any indication that the death was intentional, then we would have been discussing other charges to file against the defendant.”
Winter Park resident Beau Grega, 24, was arrested on Dec. 29, 2009, and charged with negligent homicide connected to Gilbert’s death. According to police, he and Gilbert had been drinking together the previous night and into the morning that Gilbert died.
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