UNO Student Died From Fentanyl Poisoning Following Uber Ride, According to Coroner
Back in February of this year, a college student in New Orleans died amidst a very unclear chain of events after disappearing with a rideshare driver.
While the events leading up to the death of UNO student Ciaya Whetstone are unknown for the most part, we now know the cause of death.
According to the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office, Whetstone apparently died of fentanyl poisoning and ethanol intoxication. Her death has been ruled an accident.
Whetstone was at a New Orleans bar with some friends on February 19 after riding in her first Mardi Gras parade. She reportedly left around 1:30 am via an Uber driver to go back to her apartment.
According to Whetstone's roommate, Whetstone went home, changed clothes, and left the apartment again with the Uber driver.
After that things got really foggy as the timeline following their departure is unclear.
Whetstone was brought to a local hospital in a private vehicle hours later and was pronounced dead. Reports are that this was around 6:30 the next morning.
The family has been demanding answers ever since her death.
"No information from the police. No information from Uber on the background of this driver, his route," said attorney L. Chris Steward. "They don't know if she was sexually assaulted. They don't know if she was drugged. They don't know anything."
No other details have been provided.
Whetstone, from South Carolina, was 21 years old and a senior at the University of New Orleans.
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