View attachment 29064 APEX - For fifteen tension-filled minutes, teenagers and a 911 operator worked to keep 17-year-old Timothy Justin Castaneda alive. Numerous times throughout the call, Castaneda stopped breathing and started having seizures, according a 911 recording released Wednesday.
“They need to hurry up. Somebody start dragging him. I honestly don’t know what to do. I’ve never been uh.... He’s foaming. He’s foaming at the mouth,” said one panicked teen during the call.
The operator urged the teens to stay calm, check Castaneda’s breathing patterns and shift him from his back to his side.
“I see his eyes. He’s blinking. He’s breathing, he’s still awake,” a relieved friend tells the operator.
Every few minutes a heartbreaking plea filters through, “C’mon Timmy, come out of it.”
He would die seven days later. Police have charged fellow student Ryan Laches, 17, with two counts of selling LSD to Castaneda.
Castaneda was with three other teenage boys when police arrived. All three independently said Laches had supplied the LSD, according to a search warrant made public Tuesday. The other teens told police that Castaneda had taken two “hits” of LSD about 11 p.m. and soon began “freaking out,” according to the warrant.
The teens said Castaneda’s behavior continued until he collapsed shortly before they called 911 nearly three hours later, according to the warrant.
Bob Whitaker of Cary said his 15-year-old son was at the same party as Castaneda that night. The two were friends. The next morning, police arrived at Whitaker’s house to ask him whether his son was alive and safe. “I was totally shocked,” Whitaker said.
Police told him that they thought his son also had taken the drug and were concerned that it may have affected him similarly. His son, who was fine, had not told him what happened to Castaneda.
Whitaker said he is making his son go to Castaneda’s wake so he can understand the magnitude of what happened.
The state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill has not said how Castaneda died.
Gary Sauls said in his 30 years working with patients who are drug users, he has never seen anyone die from LSD. Sauls, who works with people ages 13 to 24 at the Duke Center for Adolescent Substance Use Treatment, thinks other factors may have contributed to the death.
“It is a great tragedy,” he said.
Sauls said what concerns him about the incident is that some parents may see their children experimenting with drugs and assume it’s just a phase.
“Ten to 15 percent of people do not grow out of it,” Sauls said. “It really depends on intervention.”
Oct 17, 2012 07:12 PM
By Amanda James and Aliana Ramos
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