You may recall that we wrote in a prior issue about the 2003 crash on Interstate 95 in Connecticut. The family of one of four Yale University students killed in the crash has settled a lawsuit against the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. The lawsuit, filed in 2005 by the family of Nicholas Grass, was settled under undisclosed terms last month. The students were among nine packed into the SUV returning from a Delta Kappa Epsilon event in New York City when their vehicle slammed into a tractor-trailer that had crashed in an earlier accident. The lawsuit claimed fraternity leaders failed to provide safe transportation home from the event and the SUV driver, who was a Yale student and a member of the fraternity, was sleep-deprived during the frat’s so-called hell week of alleged hazing of pledges.
The crash killed the SUV driver. Five other Yale students in the SUV were injured. Lawyers for the fraternity claimed that Delta Kappa Epsilon shouldn’t be held liable because it couldn’t have foreseen the “series of unfortunate events” that led to the accident. The lawsuit also claimed the state Department of Transportation and two construction companies were liable for alleged safety hazards at the highway construction site where the tractor-trailer crashed. Other victims’ families also sued the state and the two companies. Claims against the state were dismissed because of government immunity from lawsuits, while the construction companies entered into settlements. The National Transportation Safety Board investigated the accident and found plenty of blame, including poor highway conditions, speeding, fatigue and lack of seat belt use.
Source: Claims Journal
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