News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 5, 2014

Weekend pool accident proves fatal to ISU graduate student

Tribune-Star staff report
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — An Indiana State University graduate student died Wednesday as the result of injuries sustained in a drowning incident over the weekend at an eastside apartment complex.

The Marion County Coroner’s Office has confirmed that Abhinay Nyalakonda, 22, died as the result of “anoxic brain injury due to drowning,” according to an office spokeswoman. She explained that oxygen was cut off to the brain.

Nyalakonda had just started working at the ISU Student Recreation Center, an ISU spokesman said. He was a computer science major and had been studying at ISU since 2013.

The incident occurred about 6 p.m. Saturday in the pool at Village Quarter on the city’s eastside, according to Terre Haute police. Witnesses said the man had been fine and was splashing around. Later, they found him at the bottom of the pool and got him out.

An off-duty police officer performed CPR on Nyalakonda, who was taken by ambulance to Union Hospital and later transferred to IU Health Methodist Hospital.