Autopsy reveals ISU sorority member died alcohol intoxication, hypothermia

The Ames Authorities Department revealed Wednesday that it’s examination into the January death of an Iowa State trainee is closed following autopsy results.A 911 caller discovered Olivia Chutich, 21, in the car park outside the Delta Delta Delta sorority home on Jan. 2.Medical workers pronounced Chutich dead at the scene.According to an autopsy report by the state Medical Inspector’s Workplace, Chutich passed away of intense alcohol intoxication and hypothermia.Temperatures in Ames dropped to 8 degrees the night Chutich died.Ames authorities Chief Jason Tuttle stated Chutich’s death is not the very first time the department has actually experienced trainees excluded in the cold after drinking.“We would always encourage them, if they do go out, to have a plan, have a buddy system (and) moderate their drinking when they go out,” Tuttle stated. “But, for sure have a plan when you go home to make sure someone knows that you get there. “So, we are hoping we can get some more information out to our students as we move forward so this doesn’t happen again.”Now that the autopsy outcomes are back, Ames authorities state the case is closed.“This is a very tragic incident for Olivia’s family and our community,” Tuttle said.The Ames Authorities Department stated in a declaration: “The family of Ms. Chutich continues to ask for privacy as they grieve this loss.”Chutich is the child of a Minnesota Supreme Court justice. In a January declaration, her household called her, “the light of our lives.”Sharron Evans, ISU’s vice president of trainee affairs and dean of trainees, provided the following declaration: “I want to extend my sympathies to Olivia’s family and friends during this difficult time. The Division of Student Affairs and Sorority and Fraternity Engagement continue to provide support and resources to students and members of Olivia’s sorority.“The health and wellness of our students are always a priority. Iowa State offers several alcohol education programs and broadly promotes strategies to help reduce risk. We encourage students to take advantage of these programs and engage with resources when they have questions or concerns.”

The Ames Authorities Department revealed Wednesday that it’s examination into the January death of an Iowa State trainee is closed following autopsy outcomes.

A 911 caller discovered Olivia Chutich, 21, in the car park outside the Delta Delta Delta sorority home on Jan. 2.

Medical workers pronounced Chutich dead at the scene.

According to an autopsy report by the state Medical Inspector’s Workplace, Chutich passed away of intense alcohol intoxication and hypothermia.

Temperature levels in Ames dropped to 8 degrees the night Chutich passed away.

Ames authorities Chief Jason Tuttle stated Chutich’s death is not the very first time the department has actually experienced trainees excluded in the cold after drinking.

“We would always encourage them, if they do go out, to have a plan, have a buddy system (and) moderate their drinking when they go out,” Tuttle stated. “But, for sure have a plan when you go home to make sure someone knows that you get there. “So, we are hoping we can get some more information out to our students as we move forward so this doesn’t happen again.”

Now that the autopsy outcomes are back, Ames authorities state the case is closed.

“This is a very tragic incident for Olivia’s family and our community,” Tuttle stated.

The Ames Authorities Department stated in a declaration: “The family of Ms. Chutich continues to ask for privacy as they grieve this loss.”

Chutich is the child of a Minnesota Supreme Court justice. In a January declaration, her household called her, “the light of our lives.”

Sharron Evans, ISU’s vice president of trainee affairs and dean of trainees, provided the following declaration:

“I want to extend my sympathies to Olivia’s family and friends during this difficult time. The Division of Student Affairs and Sorority and Fraternity Engagement continue to provide support and resources to students and members of Olivia’s sorority.

“The health and wellness of our students are always a priority. Iowa State offers several alcohol education programs and broadly promotes strategies to help reduce risk. We encourage students to take advantage of these programs and engage with resources when they have questions or concerns.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.