|Birth: ||May 27, 1982|
|Death: ||Oct. 26, 2003|
Salvador Peter Serrano, 21, of Harrisburg, died Sunday, October 26, 2003 in Centre Community Hospital, State College.
Peter was born May 27, 1982 in Manila, Philippines, son of Lito Serrano and Grace (Reyes) Jimenez.
He was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School, where he was captain of the Central Dauphin High School Varsity Volleyball Team and was a member of both the Swimming and Tennis Clubs.
Peter was a Junior at Penn State University in State College; attended Hershey Free Church; enjoyed art; was very outgoing and had many friends who he dearly loved.
Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Grace and Nixon Jimenez of Harrisburg; his father and stepmother, Lito and Stella Serrano of McLean, VA; 2 brothers, Andrew and James Jimenez, at home; his maternal grandmother, Liwayway Reyes of the Philippines; and his fiancee, Brooke Morgan of State College.
Services will be held Saturday, November 1, 2003 at 4 p.m. in the Hershey Free Church, Hilltop Road, Hershey. Visitation will be Friday, October 31st from 6 to 9 p.m. in Hoover Funeral Home & Crematory, Route 422 and Lucy Avenue, Hershey and Saturday at the church from noon until time of service. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Peter Serrano Memorial Fund, c/o any M&T Branch Bank.
[Patriot News - October 30, 2003]
A Penn State student who died in a confrontation with bouncers outside a local bar Oct. 26 died accidentally, the Centre County coroner said yesterday.
Salvador Peter Serrano, 21, a 2001 graduate of Central Dauphin High School, died of respiratory failure after the pressure placed on his body by a bouncer caused him to vomit into his trachea, Centre County Coroner Scott Sayers said.
Sayers said he ruled the death accidental because the bouncer restraining Serrano "wasn't trying to cause any harm."
Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar said he is still deciding whether to pursue criminal prosecution. Gricar said he will review the autopsy report, read State College police reports and match the information to Pennsylvania law before determining whether to prosecute anyone. A determination could come in two weeks, he said.
Gricar assured the Serrano family that the case will be a top priority.
"I will do everything possible to make sure justice is served in this case," Gricar said.
Toxicology tests revealed Serrano had consumed alcohol the evening of the incident, Sayers said. While he would not reveal Serrano's blood alcohol level, he did say that it was above the 0.08 cutoff used to prosecute drunk driving.
Serrano wasn't driving and no other substances were found in his blood or tissue.
Officials, however, have ruled out alcohol as a cause of death. Had there not been a confrontation, Serrano would not have died, Sayers said.
Serrano, his fiancée and another couple were walking through downtown State College in the early morning hours when the other male stopped to urinate in a gravel parking lot behind the All American Rathskeller. Rathskeller staff members approached, and a scuffle broke out among Serrano, his friends and the employees.
When police arrived just before 2 a.m., they found bouncers restraining Serrano, who was unresponsive, and two of his friends. Minutes later, he was pronounced dead at Mount Nittany Medical Center.
Louis Bove, a Philadelphia attorney representing Serrano's mother, Grace Jimenez, and his fiancée, Brooke Morgan, said that he will review the results of the autopsy with a forensic pathologist. He said the family is delaying any decisions on legal action.
"The family looks forward to Mr. Gricar's decision with regard to the government investigation of the incident," Bove said.
Duke Gastiger, owner of the Rathskeller, said yesterday it would be inappropriate for him to comment until Gricar has ruled.
[Patriot News - December 6, 2003]
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