Woman who fell from staircase recently transferred to Columbia College

Tuesday, September 7, 2010 | 7:09 p.m. CDT; updated 8:07 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 28, 2010

COLUMBIA — Kelsi Poe, the 19-year-old woman who fell from a staircase at Quinton’s Bar and Deli on Saturday afternoon, remained in critical condition at University Hospital.

She fractured her face, neck and skull in the accident, which happened while she had a reported blood alcohol level of 0.32 percent, four times the legal limit for driving, according to Columbia police.

Poe, who lives in Jefferson City, recently transferred to Columbia College from Lincoln University. She graduated from Helias High School in Jefferson City, then played softball for Lincoln as a freshman.

She earned four varsity letters in softball during high school, according to her 2010 profile on the Lincoln University website. She was an outfielder.  

The profile lists two sisters and one brother; she is the youngest of the four siblings.

According to the website, Poe's height is 5 feet 3 inches.

The concentration of alcohol in her system at the time of her fall is considered high enough to cause unconsciousness and even possible death, according to the MU Wellness Resource Center. The range for those symptoms is 0.30 to 0.39 percent.

In fact, a person's height can be a factor when calculating blood alcohol content levels. 

The blood alcohol content calculator that determines the level of intoxication uses a person's size and gender, as well as number of drinks over a specified period of time, to determine level of intoxication.

For example, a woman weighing 130 pounds drinking six drinks (a 12-ounce beer, 4 ounces of wine or one shot) over three hours generates a blood alcohol level of 0.175.

A woman weighing 1oo pounds with the same drinking pattern would have a level of 0.238.

Yet people are unlikely to know their blood alcohol level until a police officer asks them to take a breath test. State laws set the driving limit for adults at 0.08; the limit for drivers under 21 varies state-to-state, but generally ranges from 0 to 0.02.

Establishments that sell alcoholic drinks are also regulated by state law.

In Missouri, sellers of alcohol are not responsible for injuries inflicted or incurred by legal drinkers.

In the case of underage drinkers, the seller can be held responsible if there is strong evidence that he or she knew the person drinking was under 21.

If an underage drinker has presented identification that appears to be valid, the seller cannot be held responsible. Those drinkers are to be charged with a misdemeanor and may receive a $500 fine.

Reporters on this story were Kelsey McQuade, Melanie Loth, Abi Getto and Kellie Kotraba.


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