The death of a 19-year-old freshman at Northern Illinois University has led to arrest warrants for 22 students charged with felony and misdemeanor hazing, according to the New York Times.
The freshman, one of 19 pledges in the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, drank enough to put him almost four times over the legal limit during an initiation event in November. He died in his sleep that night.
“This wasn’t just a spontaneous party, it wasn’t something that kind of happened through the course of the night,” said Lt. Jason Leverton of the DeKalb police, in the New York Times report. “It was very much preplanned; it was predetermined that the goal here was to get the pledges extremely intoxicated.”
The student’s parents have not filed any civil suits against those involved in their son’s death. However, a suit for wrongful injury or death is an option for anyone who has been hurt or lost a family member because of someone else’s act or failure to act.
In New York City, there is the potential for similar tragedies. New York City is home to the largest student population in the United States. According to the nyc.gov website, there are almost 500,000 students enrolled at the city’s 110 higher education institutions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studies show that four out of five college students drink alcohol. One in five students report three or more binge-drinking episodes in the prior two weeks. While binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks for men and four or more for women within a short period of time, surveys report that the actual number of drinks per episode is higher. Alcohol consumption among people ages 12–20 years contributes to the three leading causes of death (unintentional injury, homicide, and suicide) in this age group in the United States.
This alarming numbers are why schools such as Northern Illinois University pursue charges against those involved in alcohol-related deaths on campus.
It is important that you seek the counsel of an experienced NYC personal injury attorney if you or someone in your family has been involved in an alcohol-related injury or death in the NYC area. Contact us today.