Wrongful Death Suit Over Fraternity Hazing Death at Cornell University

According to The New York Times, the mother of a 19-year-old Cornell University sophomore who died after drinking too much at a fraternity house has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the fraternity. The lawsuit alleges that when George Desdunes joined a chapter of Sigma Alpha Epislon at Cornell University, he was kidnapped in the early morning by fraternity pledges who bound his wrists and ankles with zip ties and duct tape, then forced him to drink until he passed out.

At autopsy, Mr. Desdunes had a blood-alcohol level of 0.409 percent, which is five-times the legal limit for driving in New York, the article stated. Since the incident Cornell University has withdraw the recognition of the fraternity and the chapter was suspended by the fraternity’s national headquarters.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Mr. Desdunes during this difficult time. It is always trying to lose a child and when a death could have been prevented, as it could have been in this case, it is often harder. While Cornell University and the Sigma Alpha Epislon national headquarters are taking steps by not only closing the fraternity by suspending it, it won’t ease the pain for the loved ones of Mr. Desdunes.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-601-1229 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah wrongful death attorney.