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Alcohol may have been factor in teen drowning

By DAVID SCHOLZ
Martinez Tribune

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Andre Parrilla had consumed alcohol prior to his death, but the Contra Costa Coroner has listed drowning as the cause of death in the case, according Contra Costa  County Sheriff Department spokesman Jimmy Lee.

This incident happened on April 24, 2016, at about 4:25 a.m. Deputy Sheriffs were dispatched to a medical call regarding someone in a pool at a home on the 100 block of Hill Girt Ranch Road in unincorporated Martinez. Parrilla, age 15, was later pronounced deceased at the scene.

The parents of the deceased are both employed by the Sheriff’s Department, so its detectives were assisted by the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office to remove the appearance of a conflict of interest in the probe of the youth’s death.

Parrilla, a freshman at Alhambra High School, had consumed alcohol, was attended in the pool, and drowned. It has been determined that drugs were not involved and there were no signs of foul play, said Lee.

However, Lee declined to answer other questions, including where the alcohol that was consumed came from and what Parrilla’s blood alcohol level was at the time of his death.

Lee also refused to speculate if alcohol may have impaired Parrilla’s judgment in the pool area and contributed to his death.

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