Wrongful Death Suit Filed Against Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

A mother is accusing prominent Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. of being responsible for a Nov. 20, 2010 automobile accident that claimed her daughter’s life.

Bernadette Carter says her daughter Victoria Carter, an East Carolina University student, was in the final stages of pledging the sorority when she and another pledge Briana Gather were killed when their driver crashed into a tree, according to the Charlotte Observer.

Kamil Arrington, also a pledge, fell asleep behind the wheel as she and her fellow pledges were driving to a hair appointment.

In her suit, Carter claims hazing in the form of sleep deprivation caused the young women’s deaths.

Arrington pleaded guilty in 2011 to two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, according to Observer.

The university conducted an investigation and placed the sorority on a two-year probation. The sorority’s national headquarters suspended the chapter until at least 2015.

Carter’s suit lists the national sorority and more than two dozen members of the ECU chapter, including Arrington. The suit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, according to WRAL-TV.

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