The death of a Penn State student was initially ruled as an accident. However, a grand Jury examined the case of Timothy Piazza, the student who died right after excessively drinking in February. The jury is now saying that his case was a direct result of reckless conduct.
Now, eight of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity members are facing charges of involuntary manslaughter. Some of the charges include furnishing alcohol to minors, reckless endangerment of another person, and multiple counts of hazing.
Piazza received fatal injuries. He had a fracture at the base of his skull as well as a ruptured spleen. An ambulance was only called at 10:48AM in the morning after the February 2 party.
The circumstances of Piazza’s final hours were written in a grand jury document and this was released on Friday. Evidence included a surveillance camera footage which was taken inside the Beta Theta Pi house. The prosecutors said that Piazza died after the hazing incident which transpired on ‘bid acceptance night’ for the fraternity’s new pledges.
Timothy Piazza’s father, Jim, delivered a heartfelt message in a room filled with journalists. He recalled how they dropped off their sons at Penn State University with the hopes of gaining collegiate experience. He said that now, they will only be bringing home one of them as a result of senseless and very preventable tragedy, which he says is the reason that they buried a son months ago.
Jim also thanked the district attorney for being swift in bringing the people who caused Tim’s death to justice.
The jury says that Tim was seen down with the severe effects of consuming a lot of alcohol. He was also seen falling from a flight of stairs where he ended up hitting his head on a metal railing.
Penn State President Eric Barron said on Friday that the grand jury documents were incomprehensible and heart-wrenching. He could not believe that a tragedy like this could occur in an organization which supposedly prided itself of commitment to one another.