Police: Student who bled to death after sign fall was intoxicated


A college student from Minnesota who bled to death after falling through a glass sign was nearly four times the legal drinking/driving limit at the time.

Rickey Hible, 22, of Shakopee, was found dead on a driveway at 920 8th St E in Menomonie, Wisconsin, on the morning of April 16.

The Menomonie Police Department provided an update on its investigation into the University of Wisconsin-Stout student's death, revealing on Tuesday he was extremely intoxicated the night he died – with his body giving a 0.298 blood alcohol reading.

The investigation found he had been drinking with friends at several bars in downtown Menomonie. His friends told police he was "easy going and didn't seem upset" prior to his death.

After leaving one of his friends at about 3 a.m. on April 16, Hible was next seen lying on the ground below a marquee sign at Our Savior's Lutheran Church.

A witness said he then stood up and yelled as he ran across the street. The witness did not call 911 and his body was found nearby a few hours later.

Lacerations caused by fall through sign

The glass of the marquee sign outside the church was found broken and blood was found surrounding it. With his body showing no signs of a struggle, investigators surmise Hible fell through the sign.

He was found to have lacerations to his right forearm and wrist, and inside his right elbow area where his radial artery was severed.

His death was ruled as accidental by way of exsanguination.

Chancellor: We must learn from this

It was previously reported that Hible was a sophomore at UW-Stout and had been majoring in engineering technology with a mechanical design minor.

Bob Meyer, the Chancellor of UW-Stout, issued a statement Tuesday commenting on Hible's tragic death.

"We also have a responsibility to learn what we can from the circumstances surrounding Rickey’s death in the hopes of avoiding a similar tragedy in the future," he said.

"I believe a hard lesson to be learned from this incident is that, even though we have made some progress in our efforts to curb high-risk alcohol consumption, more needs to be accomplished in this critical area."

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