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IU freshman's death puts focus on new Lifeline law

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- An Indiana University freshman's death is sparking renewed efforts to educate young people about a state law designed to shield minors from prosecution if they seek help for someone injured in an alcohol-related incident.

Rachael Fiege died last Saturday after friends found her at the bottom of stairs after an apparent fall. They told police they monitored her overnight, but no one called for help until nearly six hours later when she couldn't be awakened.

State Sen. Jim Merritt of Indianapolis says the new Lifeline law grants immunity to those who seek help for someone stricken by alcohol.

IU spokesman Mark Land says campus officials are beefing up their campaign to educate students about the law. Big Red Liquors is placing flyers and posters about the law at its stores.

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