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Car Recovered Out of Water in Front of Campus Center

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The recovered car being removed from campus.

Early in the day on March 5, the Massachusetts State Police followed up on a call they had received earlier at around noon near the Campus Center.
According to DeWayne Lehman, Director of Communications at UMass Boston,  an unnamed individual jogging along the Harborwalk noticed a partially submerged vehicle in the water.
When the police arrived, they identified the vehicle as a white Toyota Prius. Lehman said that the car apparently “drove through the chain and fences, over the embankment and across the Harborwalk, and then into the water.”
The officers were able to confirm that a person was found in the car and had died in the incident.
According to a statement by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office later in the day, the body was identified as the 25-year old Pedro Rodriguez from Lawrence. He attended UMass Boston in 2009, enrolled again in spring 2014 as a undeclared science major, but never graduated. 
After securing the perimeter, the police were able to recover both the deceased and the heavily damaged vehicle.
The investigation of the incident is currently underway. The District Attorney’s Office stated that the body did not show any obvious signs of trauma, but the case of death has not been determined yet. This is being investigated as a non-homicide case.
The deceased was allegedly active on Twitter on the morning of the incident. According to the Boston Globe, he tweeted a video of him driving into the water and a picture of a cracked windshield. His last tweet said, “For the most high I lived.”