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Indiana colleges produce one death and record PI tickets w/ Lil 500 weekend

"It wasn't worth it at all," said two underage students who were arrested Friday night.
"It wasn't worth it at all," said two underage students who were arrested Friday night.Photo Credit: Flickr/photos.com/by the other Martin Taylor

As the sun was coming up, students were lining up outside of the Monroe County Courthouse to pay the price for underage drinking during Little 500 weekend, which includes a $424 dollar fine and community service. Many had to cleaning duty on the roads and streets after a night of partying.

"It wasn't worth it at all," said two underage students who were arrested Friday night.

This year, Indiana Excise Police wrote a record 256 tickets since a 202 in 2008, for underage drinking-related violations during the biggest party weekend of the year at Indiana University.

Monroe County Coroner Nicole Myer confirmed that Linden Whitt, 20, who graduated from Penn High School in 2010, died at 4:55 p.m. Saturday.

Police say 20-year-old Linden Whitt of Mishawaka and 20-year-old Joseph Lao were standing on the porch of her apartment on the 1300 block of N. Lincoln Avenue. Witnesses told police Lao was sitting or leaning against the railing, and Whitt was standing in front of him, when Lao lost his balance and both fell off.

Witnesses said Lao fell on top of Whitt, and she was unresponsive and without a pulse when emergency crews arrived and began CPR. The Monroe County coroner said Whitt died Saturday at 4:55 p.m. at IU Health in Bloomington, of injuries sustained in the fall.

This comes 11 months after sophomore Lauren Spierer disappeared after a night of partying. This latest tragedy sounds the alarm for parent Steve Langer.

"Absolutely, I think there's a drinking problem. I think it's out of control. I don't know what to do to suggest stopping it," said Langer.

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