Court weighs appeal in student’s alcohol-related death
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware’s Supreme Court has been asked to decide whether a judge erred in ruling that a University of Delaware sorority was not responsible for the death of a student who was hit by a car after getting drunk.
A three-judge panel heard arguments Wednesday in an appeal filed by the parents of Ethan Connolly of Medway, Massachusetts. Connolly was hit by a car in 2013 while crossing a dark street after an off-campus sorority party. The 19-year-old sophomore was severely drunk at the time.
Connolly’s parents sued the university, the sorority, a caterer, and a labor union that owns the facility where the party was held.
A judge ruled earlier this year that none of the defendants was liable, and that Connolly was responsible for his own death.