BC-U Wrongful Death Suit Proceeds
July 11, 2013, Daytona, FL- Most parents don’t think when they send their kid off to college they will never come-back. They don’t think their lives will be cut so short, but one Daytona family learned the hard way that sometimes loved ones are taken from us too soon.
Marcus Thomas was a student and fraternity pledge at Bethune-Cookman University, but in the winter of 2012, he was killed in a traffic accident after returning from one of his pledging activities. His mother Michelle Thomas believes her son’s death could have been prevented and believes the university and the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America are culpable for his death, the Daytona Times reported.
Thomas explained in her complaint why she believes they are responsible for her son’s death:
“Some of the pledging activities involved pledges dressing in all black where they would be physically assaulted and battered. During the pledging process, pledges would be forced to be on a “Pledge diet,” where they were not allowed to eat,” the complaint says.
“Also pledges were required to stay up all night and into the early morning hours, memorizing and reciting fraternity history and facts, clean fraternity members houses and run errands for the members,” the lawsuit says.
Thomas filed a wrongful death against the BC-U and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, accusing them of negligence by allowing the hazing activities which eventually led to the death of her son Marcus Thomas.
An attorney representing the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America argued they should not be included in the suit because the national chapter was not responsible for the actions of the local chapter. This week, however, a judge ruled against them, allowing Thomas to proceed with her wrongful death suit.
Thomas, as a survivor, has asked the fraternity, the assistant dean of students and BC-U to pay her $15,000 in compensation to cover her son’s medical and funeral expenses and for her lost support and services. She is also seeking compensation for her pain and suffering.
Wrongful death suits under Florida statutes can be difficult to bring about and prove as this particular case demonstrates. The person bringing the suit has a significant burden of proof and will face a number of challenges both inside and outside of court.
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