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The investigation into the incident continues, and a decision whether to file criminal charges against the driver will be left up to the Worcester County State's Attorney's Office, Schreier said.
"Since there's a death now, that kind of changes things," he said.
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He was involved with the academy's adventure racing team, rock climbing club and the American Nuclear Society. His sister, Zatha, is a senior at the Naval Academy.
Loewen is the third midshipman to die this year while attending the Naval Academy. Football player Will McKamey, 19, of Knoxville, Tenn., collapsed at practice March 22 and died three days later. The body of Max Allen, 25, of Chesterfield, Va., was found Feb. 16 after his SUV landed in a creek on campus.
Morlock said he's unaware of any motor vehicle related fatality at Assateague Island National Seashore in the nine years he has worked at the park.
Police have to subpoena the victim's medical records to get the his blood alcohol level, Schreier said.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. Alcohol is a factor in the death of a 20 year old Naval Academy midshipman who died from injuries received during a skateboarding accident, police said. March 22 at Assateague Island National Seashore, a national park on a barrier island off the coasts of Maryland and Virginia, according to Lt. Ed Schreier, a spokesman for the Worcester County (Md.) Sheriff's Office. Loewen was on a camping trip, riding his skateboard while holding onto the driver's side of the Jeep.
Bay, said Ted Morlock, a National Park Service Ranger at Assateague Island National Seashore. Skateboarding in that area of the park is not permitted and skateboarding while hanging onto a car is also illegal.
Asked whether the midshipmen had been drinking, Schreier replied: "Alcohol is a factor. We're trying to determine how much."
Alcohol contributed to midshipman's death
The vehicle with a driver and two passengers was traveling about 15 mph. All also attend the Naval Academy.
Loewen, a sophomore oceanography major at the academy, was a vibrant midshipman who lived life to the fullest, Naval Academy Superintendent Michael Miller said in a statement. Loewen's funeral will be April 9 at the Navy Academy Chapel; the guest Adidas D Rose Sale book will be Loewen's first surfboard, his family said in a memorial posting.
The driver of the Jeep was Brandon Ah, 20, of Virginia. Schreier said Ah also had been drinking alcohol at the time of the Adidas Climacool Navy Blue
from the skateboard when the Jeep's left rear tire came in contact with the skateboard, Schreier said. Loewen hit the side of the Jeep, fell on the ground, then the left rear tire ran over his head.
Hans Loewen enjoyed sports of all sorts, including kite surfing during a recent spring break, his family said.
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