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Family claims Fresno death in 2006 was hazing related

All: no charges were filed in this case. If the suit is successful, it would cancel my research showing no deaths in a US Greek chapter in 2006. Link

excerpt: The family of a student who died at a fraternity house after a weekend of drinking is suing Cal State Fresno and the fraternity for wrongful death. Danny Ray Daniels, 19, was found dead in his bed at the Phi Gamma Delta house in January 2006.According to a coroner’s report, he had a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit at the time of his death. His parents — Cassandra and Danny Daniels — are seeking unspecified compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit filed in Fresno County Superior Court on Friday. They claim their son was induced or forced to drink what was described in the suit as “massive quantities of alcohol” as part of fraternity hazing.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer, former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird, finished a stint as managing editor of the Celina Daily Standard to accept a new position as managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily--

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