Lawsuit filed against Penn State frat in Tim Piazza death
The parents of a Penn State student who died after "writhing and deteriorating" in front of fraternity members who had forced him to consume massive amounts of booze have filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit, naming 28 frat members who hazed their son.
Tim Piazza, 19, whose death in February of 2017 has shined a national spotlight on the problem of hazing rituals on campus, "endured horrible pain and suffering" during the ordeal, according to the lawsuit, which cites video evidence seized from the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
The video shows Piazza on a couch after he had tumbled down a set of stairs in a drunken stupor following a drinking ritual at the fraternity called "the Gauntlet." He suffered a lacerated spleen, a skull fracture and other injuries that would have been survivable if he had received quick medical help.
Instead, he died two days later at Hershey Medical Center.
"Despite knowing the serious nature of Timothy Piazza's fall, and despite knowing that some fraternity members wanted Piazza to receive medical care, the fraternity defendants did not seek medical care until it was too late," says the lawsuit, announced Friday by the family and their attorneys, Kline & Specter of Philadelphia.
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