Parents of Penn State pledge sue frat members over his death
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (WJAC) —
It has been nearly two years since former Penn State fraternity pledge Timothy Piazza died, after what police termed an alcohol-fueled hazing event.
Friday, the Piazza family filed a massive federal lawsuit, as Penn State announces they've reached a final settlement with the family.
The federal lawsuit filed by Timothy Piazza's parents is against 28 former Beta Theta Pi fraternity members, plus a security firm that was monitoring the frat house the night of Feb. 2, 2017, when the fraternity held a pledge initiation event.
Timothy Piazza died two days later.
The federal action is a wrongful death suit, and much of it reads like the grand jury indictment in the criminal case in Centre County court.
The accusations are also similar -- that Piazza was subjected to hazing that included excessive drinking before he fell down steps at the frat house, and suffered serious injuries that led to his death. Fraternity members also are accused of failing to call for medical help for more than 12 hours after he fell.
Also on Friday, Penn State announced they’ve signed an agreement with the Piazza family that calls for continued reforms of the Greek life system.
There's no word if the agreement also includes a financial settlement with the Piazza family.