Caller: Kennelly Had "Way Too Much to Drink"

Woman describes scene following fatal altercation

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011  |  Updated 8:24 AM CDT
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NBC 5 obtains 911 calls that sheds new light on the incident that led to the death of 17-year-old Kevin Kennelly.

NBC 5 obtains 911 calls that sheds new light on the incident that led to the death of 17-year-old Kevin Kennelly.

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A woman calls 911 after a fight in Long Beach, Ind., that resulted in the death of high school senior Kevin Kennelly.

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Newly obtained 911 tapes provide more insight into what happened the night 17-year-old Kevin Kennelly died after an altercation at a Northwest Indiana beach.

Kennelly was hit in the head during a fight on July Fourth at Stop 26, a popular party spot. He died two days later.

A female who called 911 from the scene and was not initially with the group said Kennelly had "way too much to drink."

Caller: His friends are freaking out because he's underage and nobody wanted to call.
Dispatcher: We don't care about that, we care about his medical condition.
Caller: Exactly, that is what I was saying.

NBC 5 was unable to verify whether toxicology tests were run on Kennelly to see if he was drinking, or if police interviewd the 911 caller who claimed he was intoxicated.

 

Listen to entire 911 tape


Long Beach police say Kennelly died from a head injury caused by a single punch.

James Malachek, 19, is accused of throwing that punch and is due in court later this week. He's charged with felony aggravated battery, involuntary manslaughter and battery.

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