A 19-year-old student at the University of Minnesota Duluth nearly froze to death after falling asleep on a neighbor's porch following a night of heavy drinking with friends.
According to a police report obtained by the Duluth News Tribune, Alyssa Jo Lommel "had been drinking for six hours, including a game where she took tequila shots" on Friday, Dec. 6. The Star Tribune reports that Lommel lost several rounds of a game called "ride the bus."
Minneapolis City Pages posted this tweet from Lommel hours before the incident:
Police also reported finding a tweet from Lommel later that night which stated “Yum Yum 10th shot of tequila.” That tweet does not appear on her feed, but a review of the girl's Twitter account reveals prior evidence of social drinking.
Lommel was discovered unconscious and hypothermic by passersby the following morning.
A friend who dropped Lommel off at home told police that the girl was, “just like a normal party chick... She wasn’t wasted. She could talk. And she wasn’t falling-down drunk.”
The Star Tribune reported that Lommel's friend drove off without watching her enter the house. Tracks found the following morning indicate that she walked through the snow "to a garage, around a parked car and a deck in back" of her neighbors' house. The occupants were out of town.
Lommel slept outside while temperatures fell to 17 degrees below zero. She wore Ugg boots, jeans, a sweater and a medium-weight jacket, according to Fox Twin Cities. She was not wearing gloves.
According to Gawker, in the extreme cold, the girl's hands "swelled up to three times their normal size causing the skin to split." Doctors attempted to restore circulation and avoid amputation of her affected limbs. Lommel remains in stable but serious condition in an area hospital.
“It’s very much a wait-and-see thing at the moment,” the teen's mother, Teri Lommel, told The St. Cloud Times on Dec. 9. “It’s going to take some time to determine what’s going to happen.