MU student dies in creek swimming accident

Monday, July 13, 2009 | 7:21 p.m. CDT; updated 10:22 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 14, 2009

COLUMBIA — A 25-year-old Columbia man died Saturday after he jumped off a cliff into a creek in Crawford County.

The Missouri State Water Patrol confirmed that Garrick Holmquest died after jumping feet first into approximately 6 feet of water and hitting his head. Bystanders pulled him from Huzzah Creek in Steeleville. He was taken to St. John’s Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur, but died.

Sgt. Jerry Callahan of the State Water Patrol said alcohol was involved in the incident.

Holmquest was a freshman at MU, said Christian Basi, associate director of the University’s News Bureau. He was enrolled in the Pre-Health Professions Department and had not yet chosen a major.

More information about the cause of Holmquest’s death will be known once an autopsy is performed, according to a news release from the Water Patrol.

Attempts to reach Holmquest's family were unsuccessful Monday.

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ill nymo July 13, 2009 | 10:35 p.m.

Should be spelled Creve Coeur, fyi.

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