Saturday, September 11, 2010

2008 SAE Alcohol Death Law Suit Settled

Ex-fraternity member to pay $500,000 to parents of Carson Starkey
By Nick Wilson

Carson Starkey’s parents have reached a settlement with a former Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity member whom they sued after their son’s death on Dec. 2, 2008, from alcohol poisoning.
Haithem Ibrahim settled with Scott and Julia Starkey today for $500,000.
Carson Starkey, an 18-year-old Cal Poly freshman from Austin, Texas, was found dead the morning after a fraternity hazing incident. His blood-alcohol level was estimated at between 0.39 and 0.44.
Ibrahim previously entered a no-contest plea to misdemeanor hazing causing death in his criminal case. A no-contest plea results in a conviction without an admission of guilt.
Ibrahim was Starkey’s designated big brother in the fraternity who selected the alcohol for Starkey as part of a fraternity drinking event held at a home near campus in San Luis Obispo.
The Starkeys are suing Sigma Alpha Epsilon, an Illinois-based fraternity, and eight of the individual fraternity members allegedly involved in the hazing incident (not including Ibrahim). The remaining defendants have denied responsibility in Carson’s Starkey’s death, and their case is pending