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Investigators: Teen who crashed into Hillsborough Bay had LSD in his system

TAMPA — A University of South Florida student who died after crashing his car through the Bayshore Boulevard balustrade and into Hillsborough Bay had marijuana and LSD in his system, police said Tuesday.

Michael Agana, 19, had spent the day of May 11 with a friend at Busch Gardens. After Agana dropped off his friend, his car careened down a narrow South Tampa street, crashed through the barrier and sank 25 feet out in the bay.

When rescuers removed him from his 2001 Toyota Camry 10 minutes later, he had a pulse but wasn't breathing. He was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he was declared dead five days later.

The finding that he had the drugs in his system was made by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office, which turned its report over to police.

"Their autopsy and additional testing has confirmed that there was marijuana and LSD in his system," said Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy.

She said that while the finding of drugs is "clearly a contributing factor" to the crash, the police investigation is not yet complete.

A lawyer for the Agana family said Tuesday evening that the family isn't responding to Medical Examiner's Office findings.

"They are in mourning and therefore are not able to make any comments," said Celene H. Humphries, a Tampa lawyer. "They're still grappling with Michael being gone."

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, LSD produces unpredictable psychological effects that sometimes last hours.

With large doses, users experience delusions and hallucinations.

The physical effects include increases in body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure.

Investigators: Teen who crashed into Hillsborough Bay had LSD in his system 07/17/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 11:44pm]
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