Suit Filed By Parents of California University Student In Hazing Death

March 20, 2013

The parents of a California State University, Fresno freshman who died in 2012 of alcohol poising while pledging for a fraternity have filed a wrongful death suit against the fraternity and several of its members.

Paul and Diane Dhanens, parents of 18-year-old Philip Dhanens of Bakersfield, filed the suit against the Indiana-based Theta Chi Fraternity Inc., the local Beta Upsilon chapter, and six members of the fraternity. The suit was announced Friday by San Francisco-based law firm Kerr & Wagstaffe.

Three Fresno State students were charged last week with hazing and providing alcohol to Dhanens, who was only a couple weeks into his first semester when he died.

The coroner’s office found that he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.36, nearly five times the legal driving limit.

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  • March 21, 2013 at 12:53 pm
    Huh! says:
    A pledge may have a choice, but there is definite responsibilitiy on the part of those hazing a pledge to keep that hazing within bounds, to prevent it from causing undue harm... read more
  • March 21, 2013 at 12:13 pm
    Susan says:
    What about personal responsibility? He had a choice.
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