Coroner: Teen died of blunt force trauma

Matt James
Matt James

PANAMA CITY, FL (FOX19) - A Florida coroner has released a cause of death for a local teenager who died over the weekend after falling from a balcony.

The Bay County coroner's office says Matt James, 17, died from blunt force trauma as a result of the fall from a fifth-floor hotel balcony in Panama City.

The coroner's office said James' death was accidental. According to the coroner's office, he was drunk at the time, but complete toxicology reports won't be available for three to four months.

James was a senior at St. Xavier High School and was signed to play football at Notre Dame next season.

Florida officials say they try to crackdown on underage drinking every spring in the city where aNotre Dame football recruit died in a drunken fall.

The Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco said Monday it sends 18 extra agents to Panama City in the Florida Panhandle during spring break because of the high school and college students who go there.

Between March 11 and March 28, agents arrested 985 people in Panama City for underage possession of an alcoholic beverage.

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