Penn State fraternity commitment Timothy Piazza, 19, died in February 2017 after consuming a dangerous amount of alcohol and suffering fatal injuries when he fell down the flights of stairs
The parents of a student at Penn State University who died after drinking 18 alcoholic beverages in just under 90 minutes, as part of a ritual of initiation rites, have established themselves with the national organization of the fraternity to which he committed, said his lawyer.
The amount for which Jim and Evelyn Piazza, the parents of 19-year-old Timothy Piazza, settled with Beta Theta Pi is not disclosed, family lawyer Thomas Kline added.
Piazza, an engineering student from Lebanon, New Jersey, died in the hospital on February 4, 2017 after consuming a dangerous amount of alcohol and suffering fatal injuries when she fell down the flights of stairs.
In a statement issued by Beta Theta Pi on September 4, S. Wayne Kay, chairman of the board, said: "That the Piazza family has had to endure the loss of their beloved son and brother, Tim, remains one of the biggest disappointments and the darkest hours in Beta's history.
"It is heartbreaking and insensitive to know that our former members detained Tim and his family in such a tragic way.
There will never be enough words to describe the pain that they feel, and Betas joins me everywhere to express our shared anger and sadness that this could have happened in our Fraternity & # 39;
In a statement, Beta Theta Pi (above the fraternity) said it was "heartbreaking and numbing to know that our former members left Tim and his family in such a tragic way"
The statement continued: "Including organizational reforms and monetary measures to support the Piazza family and their efforts and those of the Fraternity to combat hazing, the settlement terms focus on Beta's historical and future commitment to improve the culture of Greek life in North America ".
As part of their commitment to cultural change, student and alumni delegates recently confirmed the announcement of the Board of Trustees policy on February 2 to make all properties of Beta Theta Pi are free of substances by August 15, 2020.
Kline said that with Beta Theta Pi agreeing on a 17-point program that makes chapters safer and penalizes groups for hazing, such reforms "would help establish a baseline for the new norm" of fraternity life .
In this archive photo of March 23, 2018, Jim Piazza talks about the importance of enacting anti-harassment legislation that bears the name of his son, Timothy Piazza, a student at Penn State University who died after a night of hazing and drinking in a fraternity, as his wife Evelyn surrounds him with his arm outside the central county courthouse in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.
Piazza had participated in a series of beverage stations on the night of February 2 last year, as well as in an event in the basement that involves the rapid consumption of alcohol.
The elaborate video security system of the house recorded him stumbling onto a sofa on the first floor before falling down the steps.
They took him up the stairs and spent the night with evident pain, almost everything on the sofa, while the brothers of the fraternity took ineffective and even harmful measures to deal with his problem.
After he was found unconscious in the basement the next morning, his friends took about 40 minutes to call an ambulance and then he died in a hospital.
Medical experts say he suffered a fractured skull and spleen, and it is estimated that his blood alcohol level peaked three or four times the legal limit for driving.
Piazzas' lawyer, Thomas Kline, said the amount for which an agreement was reached will not be disclosed.
Police said the teenager was served 18 drinks for 82 minutes before he fell down the basement steps and then became unconscious.
Prosecutors have alleged that he was forced to drink large quantities of alcohol as part of a ritual of initiation rites. About 25 members of the fraternity have been accused of hazing and other crimes, three of whom have pleaded guilty.
The case heated up earlier this year when prosecutors retrieved erased images from security cameras of the promises Timothy gave his drinks. The discovery of the video led to the last five young people accused.
However, none of the defendants will likely spend time in jail after the judge's decision to drop the most serious charges.
Many initially faced more serious charges of involuntary manslaughter or aggravated assault, but a judge has fired them ever since.