State Supreme Court: Fraternity Can Be Sued In Fatal Yale Crash

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The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that a fraternity can be sued in connection with a 2003 crash that killed four Yale University students, including two Yale baseball team members.

The students were returning from a Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity event in New York City on Jan. 17, 2003, when their SUV slammed into a tractor-trailer that had crashed on Interstate 95 in Fairfield.

Relatives of one of the victims alleged in a lawsuit that fraternity leaders failed to provide safe transportation home from the event. They said the driver was sleep-deprived during the so-called "Hell Week" of alleged hazing of pledges.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a lower court decision in favor of the fraternity and said the lawsuit can proceed.

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