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Police investigation concludes Phillip 'PHiZZURP' Klemenov was drinking and driving

by Sean Wetselaar, Daniel Rosen Dec 7 2016
Thumbnail image courtesy of Aurora Police Department

A police investigation into the death of H2k-Gaming Call of Duty player Phillip "PHiZZURP" Klemenov has found that the 23-year-old was under the influence of alcohol at the time of a fatal crash which killed him and a friend.

PHiZZURP died in the hospital on Oct. 2, after a crash which left a Colorado Springs man, identified as Marcelous Dante Johnson, dead, and PHiZZURP's partner Adrianna Lemus with minor injuries.

Lemus informed the community of the crash in an emotional video posted to Twitter from the hospital after PHiZZURP's death. Following the news of his death and Lemus' video, fellow pro CoD player Tyler “FeLonY” Johnson organized a fundraiser to pay for PHiZZURP 's funeral.

The police report into the crash was made public under Colorado freedom of information laws a little more than two months after the incident.

According to the police report, traces of alcohol and amphetamines were found in PHiZZURP's system during the autopsy. Specifically, PHiZZURP was found to have a 0.139 blood alcohol level at the time of the crash, well above the legal limit of 0.08 BAC in Colorado. This would indicate that he was driving under the influence, confirming a statement in the initial police report at the time of the crash that, "alcohol and speed appear to be factors in the crash."

According to an interview with Lemus mentioned in the police report, PHiZZURP had ADD and took Adderall to focus while gaming, possibly explaining the traces of amphetamines. According to the University of California at Santa Cruz's student health outreach and promotion program, mixing amphetamines and alcohol can lead to aggressive behavior.

Also included in the police report are statements regarding Johnson, the third passenger in the car, Johnson of Colorado Springs, who owned the car PHiZZURP was driving. Lemus' statements indicate that Johnson had fired a gun into the air multiple times while in the car.

The exact number of shots fired is not mentioned in the police report, though one officer's notes indicate that the 15+1 bullet magazine had eight bullets left after the crash, with one in the chamber, leaving seven bullets unaccounted for. Additionally, six spent cartridges were found in the car after the crash.

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. Sean Wetselaar is a supervising editor for theScore esports.

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