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The unofficial Sigma Pi annex house, 45 Mill St.

911 call shows student was intoxicated before death

In a Monday 911 call made from 45 Mill St., an unofficial annex of Sigma Pi, a caller told Athens dispatchers that his friend “drank a little too much.”

The friend, later identified as Ohio University freshman Collin Wiant, was pronounced dead at OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital. 

During the call, obtained by The Post through a public records request, the caller said Wiant had previously been responsive but had since passed out. The APD dispatcher asked if he was still breathing, and the caller answered yes.

The APD dispatcher then asked for the address to send first responders. 

“It’s 45 Mill St. We’ll carry him out. He’s pretty in and out, so like…” the caller said. 

In response, the dispatcher told the caller not to carry him outside due to the cold temperatures, and said it could take some time for first responders to arrive.

According to an APD report, the emergency squad responded at about 3 a.m. Wiant, an 18-year-old from Dublin, was later pronounced dead. 

APD is currently investigating the incident and has not identified any dangers to the public during the course of the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when appropriate, in coordination with the coroner’s office, APD Capt. Ralph Harvey said in the news release.

On Tuesday, OU issued an immediate cease and desist for all organizational activities of the OU chapter of Sigma Pi.

Wiant was a first-year student and recent pledge of the fraternity. The Mill Street apartment that APD responded to is allegedly an unofficial annex of Sigma Pi’s Epsilon chapter, according to a statement from the university.

Martha Compton, director of the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility (CSSR), issued a cease and desist to Elijah Wahib, the president of Sigma Pi at OU.

Compton said in the letter that CSSR “has received information which alleges that (the fraternity) has engaged in conduct that puts the health and safety of (its) members at risk and is not in compliance with the behavioral expectations set out in the (OU) Student Code of Conduct.”

The conditions of the cease and desist include that the group cannot meet in any capacity, officially or unofficially.

CSSR has also initiated an investigation into the allegations that Sigma Pi engaged in dangerous conduct. Members of the organization may be required to appear before CSSR or other university staff, and the members are expected to cooperate with the investigation.

“As both your organization and the university share a common goal of student safety, and in order to protect the integrity of the investigation, we ask that members not discuss the topics covered in their meetings with each other,” Compton said in the letter. “This investigation will take some time, and we appreciate your patience and cooperation.”

Editor’s Note: Below is a transcript of the 911 call between the caller and Athens Police Department dispatcher: 

Dispatcher: Athens City Police.

Caller: Hey, so I just got connected with your … um … so we’re at 45 Mill Street and one of my friends is just...I mean he’s pretty unresp— I think he drank a little too much tonight.

Dispatcher: OK, is he responsive?

Caller: Um he was, and then he’s like kind of laid back and ... passed out.

Dispatcher: OK, is he still breathing?

Caller: Yes.

Dispatcher: OK, I’ll send them down that way.

Caller: I mean he —

Dispatcher: Is it there an apartment number?

Caller: Um, it’s 45 Mill St. We’ll carry him out. He’s pretty in and out, so like…

Dispatcher: Well let’s not carry him out yet. It’s really cold outside and the squad takes a little bit, so let’s just leave him there and I’ll send a officer down and the squads headed that way too.

Caller: All right, sounds good.

Dispatcher: All right, thanks.

Caller: All right, bye.


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