2012-04-05 / Front Page / School News

Police Probe Carmel Student's Death; Overdose?

District makes counselors available

Family and friends are mourning the passing of Michael Kastle of Lake Carmel this week, who died Sunday from a suspected drug overdose.

Kastle, who had turned 18 on April 1, was pronounced dead at Putnam Hospital Center after being brought to the hospital's Emergency Department in an unresponsive condition by two friends.

Kastle was a junior at Carmel High School.

Sheriff Donald Smith told the Courier Tuesday that a "full investigation into the cause of the teen's death is underway. An autopsy showed no signs of trauma and the results of toxicological testing will take several weeks to be completed."

Captain William McNamara said in the hours leading up to the death, "Michael was with the two young men at the Kent residence where one of them resides. The teens admitted to investigators that Kastle reportedly took a quantity of prescription medication, Xanax, and soon after exhibited signs of a drug overdose. The teen fell asleep and when his companions were unable to wake him they placed him in a car and drove the unresponsive young man to the hospital. ER doctors attempted to resuscitate him but were unable to do so and he was pronounced dead 30 minutes later."

Kastle was remembered as a "caring young man with a big heart who will be greatly missed by his family."

A family spokesman said "Michael loved dirt bike riding, cars and his dog, Buddy. Mike aspired to be an auto mechanic upon his graduation from Carmel High School in June."

Kastle is survived by his parents Barbara and Matt Castle, a brother Jeffrey and several aunts and cousins.

Carmel Superintendent of Schools James Ryan expressed the school's "deepest sympathy" to the Kastle family.

The district's Crisis Team was on hand Tuesday when students returned to class following the spring recess to support the high school family.


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