Northwestern student dies in Naperville car crash
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    Updated, 4:55 p.m. Monday, August 25:

    Rising McCormick senior Michael Szot will face more charges than originally filed, according to the Chicago Tribune. Szot pleaded not guilty Monday, and he will face a nine-count indictment for the deaths of fellow Northwestern student Mihirtej Boddupalli and Indiana University student Sajaad Syed in a drunk driving crash.

    Szot's blood-alcohol concentration test at the time of the arrest showed .14 and traces of marijuana were found in his system, according to the Tribune. The legal blood-alcohol concentration level is .08.

    Updated, 4:00 p.m. Monday: 

    Rising McCormick senior Michael Szot was released from DuPage County Jail at around 2 p.m. on Monday after posting bond, according to Sergeant William Davis of the Naperville Police Department. $25,000 in cash was posted on Szot's $250,000 bond.

    Police are continuing to investigate the incident and are awaiting toxicology reports, as well as reports from the coroner's office.

    Szot faces these charges after being accused of driving his car into a Naperville quarry while under the influence early Saturday morning, resulting in the death of two passengers. 

    Original story:

    Rising McCormick senior Mihirtej Boddupalli and rising Indiana University senior Sajaad Safiullah Syed were pronounced dead Saturday after a car crash early that morning into a Naperville quarry. Behind the wheel was rising McCormick senior Michael Szot, 21 of Geneva.

    According to a media release from the Naperville Police Department, Szot had a BAC above the legal limit of .08 and failed to navigate a curve on Aurora Avenue in downtown Naperville early Saturday morning, crashing through several trees and falling into the Naperville paddleboat quarry. While Szot managed to swim to safety, Boddupalli and Syed were unable to escape the car. The Daily Herald reported Szot admitted to smoking marijuana earlier that day and that Szot was found with a marijuana pipe, according to DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin.

    Szot is being held on a $250,000 bond at the DuPage County jail, charged with four counts of aggravated DUI and two counts of reckless homicide. According to the Herald, he is set to appear in court August 11.

    The incident is currently under investigation by Naperville police.

    “This is a terrible tragedy and a tremendous loss,” spokesman Bob Rowley wrote in a statement on behalf of the university, according to NBC Chicago. “Northwestern University extends our condolences to the family and friends of the victim.”


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