January 5, 2012
The most tragic part of all wrongful death lawsuits is that, in most of the cases, the death was completely preventable. Take for instance the case of a 21-year-old Radford University student was convicted last month in the accidental overdose death of his 20-year-old fraternity brother. According to The Roanoke Times, the young man died from acute alcohol poisoning in October 2011 after a fraternity initiation ritual.
Reports and court documents show that the elder young man gave his younger fraternity brother alcohol as a post-ceremony gift. He was found dead in his home the next day with a blood alcohol content six times the legal limit at .48.
The 21-year-old man was sentenced to two years in the New River Regional Jail; one year for the misdemeanor charge of hazing and another for the misdemeanor charge of purchasing alcohol for a minor.
Six other individuals are expected to go to trial as a result of the incident as well.
A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that binge drinking is the cause of most alcohol-related poisonings. Also, 90 percent of alcohol consumed by those under the age of 21 is in the form of binge drinking. The patterns of binge drinking are closely linked to fatal automobile accidents as well as accidental overdoses.