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Alm during his college career at Notre Dame
|Born:||March 31, 1968|
New York City
|Died:||December 14, 1993 (aged 25)|
|Height:||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Weight:||273 lb (124 kg)|
|High school:||Carl Sandburg|
(Orland Park, Illinois)
|NFL Draft:||1990 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41|
|Career NFL statistics|
According to a witness, Alm and his best friend, Sean P. Lynch, had dinner at a Houston-area steakhouse on December 13, 1993. At 2:45 a.m. Central Standard Time the following day, Alm's Cadillac lost control heading south on Interstate 610 southbound at the 59 north exit ramp and Lynch was thrown out of the car, because the convertible top was down, to his death. Alm had been speeding and lost control of his 1993 Cadillac Eldorado on a curved exit ramp. After the crash Alm ran across the ramp and looked down an embankment towards the Southwest Freeway, discovering that his boyhood friend had been thrown to his death 30 feet below. Apparently distraught by his best friend's death, Alm took out a pistol grip shotgun, fired two shots into the air, presumably the first to announce the death of Lynch, and the second as a warning shot, and then shot himself in the head.
Alm made a frantic 911 call to summon help after the car crash. Alm shouted "Sean are you all right?" at the beginning of the call. In the ensuing moments, he tries to tell the operator the location of the accident. "Yes, I had an accident on, uh," Alm said. "I had an accident on 59, uh, on 59 north. We're at . . . 59 north. Loop, uh, 610. I have a buddy dying!"
Toxicology reports have stated that Alm had a blood alcohol-level of .14, over the .10 legal limit. Lynch's blood-alcohol level was .30. Alm was also taking the prescription barbiturate, Fiorinal, commonly prescribed for tension headaches. According to the report by Joseph A. Jachimczyk, Chief Medical Examiner for Harris County, the barbiturate level was within therapeutic range.
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