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Court weighs appeal in student’s alcohol-related death

November 28, 2018

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.

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