NewsChannel 11 now knows what killed a Lubbock Coronado High School student. Autopsy and toxicology reports were released late Tuesday afternoon. Those reports confirm what NewsChannel 11 has been reporting for seven weeks. Sixteen year-old Thomas Mallory died of a drug overdose.
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Thomas Mallory: Autopsy & Toxicology Report
The official cause of death was "ecstasy intoxication." The medical examiner believes Mallory took ecstasy around 7:30 p.m., on June 10th. He arrived at University Medical Center's emergency room, four hours later, unconscious and unresponsive. Doctors pronounced him brain dead several hours later. Toxicology reports showed marijuana and ecstasy in Mallory's system. The medical examiner rules the death an accident, but he does say the lapse between Mallory's symptoms and his arrival at the hospital could've contribute to his death because his airway was obstructed as he was moved from location to location.
Again, the report confirms it was several hours before emergency services were called. NewsChannel 11 spoke with the lawyer for Mallory's family and he says that's one of the very issues they'll use to pursue several civil lawsuits. Jonathan Stark says, "When this lawsuit is filed, names will be named."
Stark's law firm out of Grapevine is pursuing the possibility of legal action against several people he says bear the responsibility of Thomas Mallory's death:
Stark adds, "Just the kids who were there that night and thought it more important to protect their status, privileges, and allowances than get their friend help and left him to die in the 17th fairway of the golf course."
Stark believes his office has ample evidence to pursue legal action based on their own investigation and the fact that there were several hours between the time Mallory took ecstasy and the time 9-1-1 was called. His office will be watching Lubbock's District Attorney closely. Stark says, "I think there is sufficient evidence to bring criminal charges. Whether or not they do or not remains to be seen. If they don't, questions will be raised."
Stark has more questions for the doctor the teens called that night. He has been unsuccessful reaching him. Starks explains, "The advice he gave the young men who called seeking help for their friend was absolutely irresponsible. It rises to the level where it just shocks the conscience of anyone, much less someone with his medical training and background."
As far as a timeline, he'll wait to see what the Lubbock District Attorney's office does. They also have to complete their investigation and they say their close. NewsChannel 11 of course will remain in close contact with Stark and follow this investigation until it's over.
Autopsy Report Shows Teen Died of Ecstasy Overdose
An autopsy report confirms it was a drug overdose that killed a Coronado student last month. The release of Thomas Mallory's autopsy report offers new details about what happened the night of June 10th.