Hazing Cited in Drowsy Driving Lawsuit

by Carmen Dellutri on November 26, 2012

Cape Coral car accident attorneyThe family of an East Carolina University student has filed a wrongful death lawsuit that alleges hazing was behind a tragic single-car accident involving several sorority pledges. The driver, also a pledge, was suffering from “excessive and overwhelming fatigue, exhaustion and sleep deprivation,” according to the lawsuit, and “fell asleep behind the wheel.”

As Fort Myers injury attorneys, we are saddened to learn that hazing appears to have taken another young life. If you regularly follow our blog, you know we have been discussing the wrongful death lawsuit involving a FAMU student who also died during a hazing incident.

In the latest case, Bernadette Carter contends that the hazing rituals performed by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority contributed to the death of her daughter, Victoria T’nya-Ann Carter. As reported by the News Observer, Carter was a passenger in a vehicle driven by fellow pledge Kamil Arrington when the vehicle left the road and crashed into a tree. Arrington had been selected by the sorority to serve as a designated driver to take the pledges to 6:30 a.m. hair appointments for an upcoming sorority ceremony.

The night before, the pledges had been practicing the “probate death march,” according to the lawsuit. Delta big sisters, Delta advisers and alumni to forced pledges to “practice the march over and over again until they ‘got it right,’ ” the complaint alleges. All seventeen pledges were all required to share a small two-bedroom apartment for the duration of the sorority’s “Hell Week.”

The lawsuit alleges that the sleep deprivation caused by the hazing rituals and living conditions endured by the pledges directly contributed to the fatal accident. Although the family is seeking monetary damages, they also have indicated that they hope to change the culture of hazing at the university.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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