Dartmouth LAX Player David Gallagher, 24, Dies In ‘Freak Accident’

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David Gallagher, a recent Dartmouth College graduate and lacrosse star, died after a “freak accident” while visiting the school for his postponed commencement ceremony.

Gallagher was just 24 years old.

According to the Boston Globe, Gallagher was found badly injured on a rocky embankment under a bridge at 2 a.m. on Sunday. He was transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

“It’s a very rocky, steep terrain,” said Hanover police Capt. James Martin. “It’s often inaccessible to walk in on foot from the roadway from Hanover.”

No foul play was suspected, but an investigation has been launched. Hanover police Lt. Michael Schibuola says that alcohol may have played a role in what Gallagher’s friend referred to as a “freak accident.”

Gallagher graduated from the Ivy League school in 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in government. He was in town to attend his commencement ceremony which had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During his time at Dartmouth, Gallagher was also a star on the men’s lacrosse team.

The Dartmouth lacrosse team paid tribute to Gallagher on social media with a statement after his death.

“He was tough, worked hard on the field and in the classroom, had high character and a positive attitude,” the team’s statement read. “Dave lived his life with a giant smile that lit up the room. His memory is in our hearts forever.”

Our deepest condolences go out to Gallagher’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult and tragic time.

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