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Lawsuits Name 86 Members of Yale Fraternity as Defendants
Eighty-six members of a Yale University fraternity, as well as the fraternity itself and the Ivy League school, have been named as defendants in two lawsuits involving a fatal crash in a tailgating area outside the school’s football stadium.
The suits were filed by Sarah Short and the family of Nancy Barry. Short was injured and Barry was killed when 23-year-old Brendan Ross, a former Yale student and member of the fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon, crashed in the parking lot outside the Yale-Harvard football game in November 2011.
The U-Haul truck had been rented by fraternity members to haul kegs of beer to the game to be consumed in the tailgating area of the parking lot before kickoff.
Ross, along with 85 other current and former members of the fraternity chapter, Yale University, Sigma Phi Epsilon’s national organization, the security company that staffed the event, U-Haul and the city of New Haven, Connecticut, have all been named as defendants in the lawsuits.
The two lawsuits are seeking millions of dollars in damages.