A University of Louisiana at Lafayette fraternity pledge subjected to forced sleep-deprivation during the 2016 homecoming weekend fell asleep at the wheel and killed a student pedestrian, according to two lawsuits and internal university documents that provide extensive detail on hazing allegedly perpetrated by Kappa Sigma members.
Michael Gallagher Jr. and his parents are suing the fraternity and some of its members over the death of Rustam Nizamutdinov, a 24-year-old Uzbek student who died Nov. 6, 2016, after Gallagher fell asleep at the wheel and veered off Johnston Street.
"The actions of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and its affiliates caused the tragic death of one young man and irrevocably altered the life of another," Barry Sallinger, who's representing the Gallaghers, said in an emailed statement. "The senseless, impudent and barbarous hazing practices of the fraternity were institutional and long-standing. It is unfathomable how these practices were not detected and dealt with by the University a long time ago."
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