Student’s family loses alcohol-related wrongful death suit

March 2, 2018

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A judge has ruled in favor of the University of Delaware and other defendants in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the parents of a student who was hit by a car after getting drunk.

Nineteen-year-old Ethan Connolly of Medway, Massachusetts, was hit by a car in 2013 while crossing a dark street after an off-campus sorority party. According to court records, he was acutely intoxicated 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.

But the judge ruled this week that none of the defendants owed a duty to Connolly and therefore did not breach any duty owed to him, as his parents claimed.

The judge said Connolly was responsible for his own death.

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