Mar 30, 2013
Jessica Garcia, an 18-year-old freshman at HSU, died this morning shortly after being rushed to the hospital from Redwood Bowl.
Garcia had been jogging with a friend, and then collapsed while sitting in the bleachers. Her friend, other students and HSU coaches nearby attempted to aid her, as did campus police who arrived within minutes.
Garcia was taken to Mad River Hospital, but could not be revived. The hospital has been in contact with her family, and HSU President Rollin Richmond has also called her family to express condolences on behalf of the campus community.
Jessica Garcia was a freshmen from Reseda, Calif. She was living in the residence halls on campus.
The cause of her death is unknown, but may have been a medical problem. University officials and police are investigating, and are working closely with other local agencies including the County Coroner’s Office.
The University is offering counseling and support to students and others. Campus staff will also reach out to Garcia’s professors and the students in her classes.
Students needing support are encouraged to contact the Counseling Center at 707-826-3236.
Faculty and staff seeking counseling should contact Human Resources regarding the Employee Assistance Program at 707-826-3626.