Family: Pledge who died after hazing treated like 'roadkill'

Written by Steve Peoples/Associated Press | May 15, 2017 3:17 PM

This Oct. 31, 2014, photo provided by Patrick Carns shows Timothy Piazza, center, with his parents Evelyn Piazza, left, and James Piazza, right, during Hunterdon Central Regional High School football's "Senior Night" at the high school's stadium in Flemington, N.J. Prosecutors in Pennsylvania are set to announce, Friday, May 5, 2017, the results of a grand jury investigation into the death of the Penn State student, Timothy Piazza, who fell down steps Feb. 4, during an alcohol-fueled pledge ceremony. (Patrick Carns via AP)

(New York) _ Penn State officials say the school should have sent an administrator to the funeral of an engineering student who died in February after falling several times after an alcohol-fueled fraternity event.

The university says in a statement released Monday that the administrator assigned to student funeral services had a personal emergency but notified Tim Piazza's family ahead of time that he wouldn't be there.

The school says it deeply regrets that no one took his place at the funeral services. Piazza, a 19-year-old from Lebanon, New Jersey, died Feb. 4 after suffering severe head and abdominal injuries.

Piazza's father Jim Piazza calls the school administration's absence ``shameful.'' He says none of the students charged in his son's death have been expelled.

Penn State says disciplinary proceedings are underway.

An earlier story appears below.

(New York) _ The father of a Penn State University student who died after an alcohol-fueled hazing ritual says his son was treated like ``roadkill.''

Nineteen-year-old engineering student Timothy Piazza died in February after a Beta Theta Pi party.

His father, Jim Piazza, said that fraternity members ``had all the intent to feed these young men lethal doses of alcohol.'' He calls his son's death ``premeditated.''

The family from Lebanon, New Jersey, spoke out about the Feb. 2 death in a Monday interview with The Associated Press. They are considering a lawsuit but said they're focused now on a criminal case against 18 members of the now-shuttered fraternity at Penn State.

Piazza's mother, Evelyn, says her grief is worsening as she learns more about the ``horrors'' that happened to her son.

Tagged under , , , ,

back to top

Give Now

Estate Planning

Support for WITF is provided by:

Become a WITF sponsor today »

Smart Talk

National Edward R. Murrow Awards

DuPont Columbia Awards

Support Local Journalism

Latest News from NPR

Support for WITF is provided by:

Become a WITF sponsor today »