UW-Stout student had .298 BAC after fatal fall through church marquee glass

UW-Stout chancellor Bob Meyer confirmed Tuesday a 22-year-old student found dead in a Menomonie, Wis. driveway in April died of blood loss after falling through glass on a church marquee. He had a blood alcohol content of .298 percent, nearly four times the legal limit. No other substances were found in his system.

According to the police report:

Rickey Alan Hible had been with various groups of friends on April 15. At about 3 a.m., he and one friend arrived at a residence, the friend went inside for about 5 minutes, and when the friend came back, Hible was gone.

A witness later saw him lying on the ground next to the marquee sign at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church at 910 9th Street East. Hible stood up and yelled as he ran across the street. The witness did not call the police. Hible was not seen again until about 7:07 a.m. when someone doing handy work at a neighbor’s house found him dead in a driveway about a block from the church.

The Dunn County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled his death an accident.

“This was caused by injuries sustained after he fell through the glass on the church marquee. Rickey Hible’s notable injuries were lacerations to his right forearm, right wrist, and inside of his right elbow area,” the police report said.