Cause of student?s death still under investigation
(FROM STAFF REPORTS)
Published: Jan 12, 2010
EDMOND ? A 21-year-old University of Oklahoma senior who was found dead inside her overturned car Sunday afternoon had a lengthy history of illness from Lyme disease and was taking several medications for pain and the disease, her parents told police.
The parents of Julia Kathryn Gilbert said the woman had an implanted 6-inch tube where medication could be administered intravenously into her jugular vein, and that her medications included hydrocodone and a chronic nerve pain drug called Lyrica.
Twitter.com postings from Gilbert dating back to the spring catalog her struggle with the symptoms from the sometimes debilitating disease, including headaches, pain and time spent confined to her couch; ? "lyme disease is just killing me,? she posted on Dec. 5. "so tired of feeling like a truck has run over me!?
Gilbert?s car and body were found Sunday afternoon along Waterloo Road.
The car was overturned in a creek near County Line Road.
Investigators said Gilbert was driving west on Waterloo Road when she left the right side of the road, rolled off a bridge and landed upside down in the creek bed below.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Gilbert died from injuries suffered in the wreck, but the cause of the accident and her condition at the time of the accident remain under investigation.
The state medical examiner?s office has not ruled on the cause and manner of her death.
Officials indicated it could take anywhere from a few days to more than a month to get toxicology results.
Gilbert?s parents, John and Laurel Gilbert, told an Edmond police officer Friday afternoon that their daughter sent them a text message about 11 p.m. Thursday saying she was headed to their house after watching the BCS National Championship game at a friend?s house.
Julia Gilbert did not arrive at her parents? house and was reported missing Friday afternoon.