Cause Determined in Death of Rutgers Student

By Alexandra Wepner

Rutgers student Caitlyn Kovacs died of alcohol poisoning and the death has been ruled accidental, according to a medical examiner’s report released Oct. 27.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced that the medical examiner’s office determined the 19 year-old died from “acute ethanol toxicity,” or alcohol poisoning, in the early hours of Sept. 21, as reported by  The report subsequently ruled the death accidental. The press release indicated these conclusions were reached after the medical examiner’s office conducted toxicology tests.

According to, friends of Kovacs noticed she was “in distress” after they attended a house party at the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity house on College Ave. They transported her to the hospital at 3 a.m. and she was pronounced dead shortly after their arrival.

When contacted about Rutgers University’s involvement in the case, Director of Media Relations E.J. Miranda told the Raritan River Review via email that “all available information regarding this matter will be reviewed by the university’s Office of Student Conduct” once law enforcement has completed their investigation. reported that Kovacs was a resident of the Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick and a pet sitter at Beg ‘n Bark in Princeton.  As a student in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, she majored in Animal Science.

An investigation is in progress, and anyone with information is asked to call Lt. Paul Fischer of the Rutgers University Police Department at 848-932-8025, Detective Ken Abode of the New Brunswick Police Department at 732-745-5217, or Detective Jeffrey Temple of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745-3373.