Alcohol Intoxication the Cause of Death of Snohomish County Teen

Johnathan Wayne DiMaggio, a 17-year-old from Snohomish County, died on Oct. 13 in Shoreline after drinking hard liquor and energy drinks.

The cause of death for Johnathan Wayne DiMaggio, a 17-year-old boy from Snohomish County who died on Oct. 13 in Shoreline, was acute alcohol intoxication, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

DiMaggio and two friends, both 18-year-olds, drank hard liquor and energy drinks while playing video games, Shoreline Police Sgt. Katie Larson said last month.

The three young men were drinking and playing video games when the victim apparently passed out and was lying face down on the floor, Larson said.

It was some time later when his friends realized he hadn't moved and saw something was seriously wrong and called 911. 

A Shoreline Police officer was first on the scene at a home in the 170 block of 4th Ave. N.E. after dispatch received a call at 2:39 a.m. The officer, who had an automatic electronic defibrillator, started aid but was too late to resuscitate the boy.

DiMaggio was pronounced dead at the scene by Shoreline Fire paramedics. 

King County Sheriff's Major Crimes unit was conducting an investigation into the teen's death. 


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