A hyped college football match between two bitter rivals. A rowdy 80-member fraternity preparing to tailgate the game. A U-Haul truck full of beer kegs. A 30-year-old artist and fashion designer who was simply crossing the street.
All of these collided tragically in 2011. It ended with the death of that 30-year-old woman, who was struck by the U-Haul truck when one of the fraternity members, on his way to tailgating at the Yale-Harvard football game, tried to rev the engine to get pedestrians to move out of his way faster. Instead, he stepped on the gas. Several pedestrians were struck. This woman died of her injuries. The case resulted in Yale University banning kegs at athletic events and imposing restrictions on tailgate parties, including disallowing all large commercial vehicles and box trucks from university lots unless driven by a pre-approved, authorized vendor.
Now, The Guardian reports the family of the woman has settled its lawsuit against the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. The amount of that settlement has not been disclosed. Defendants in the case included:
The national Sigma Phi Epsilon office;
- Yale chapter of the fraternity;
- The 80 individual fraternity members at the time of the crash;
- Yale University;
- Other defendants.