USC & Frat Sued By Family Of UC Berkeley Student Killed Crossing 10 Freeway
The family of a UC Berkeley student killed while trying to cross a freeway is suing a USC fraternity, saying their son was illegally served alcohol before his death.Eloi Vasquez, 19, was killed while crossing the 10 freeway around 2 a.m. on March 28, and now his family is claiming that hours before he was allowed to drink at a Tau Kappa Epsilon while visiting USC, according to TMZ. According to the lawsuit, the UC Berkeley soccer player was served booze even though people at the door knew he was underage. The family also claims that the frat and other party organizers failed to care for Vasquez after it became clear that he was drunk and unable to care for himself.
According to police, Vasquez was last seen at the frat party in the 600 block of West 28th Street around 1:30 a.m, when he went missing. Around 2:15 a.m., he called a friend saying that he was lost and scared. Then, just before 2:30 a.m. he was seen trying to run across the eastbound lanes of the 10 freeway near Vermont Avenue, when he was struck by a car driving 60 mph, according to CHP. He was pronounced dead at the scene, roughly a mile from the party.
Vasquez's family is reportedly suing the entire student executive board of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, as well as USC and others that they consider connected to what happened at the party. The fraternity and USC's fraternity council have not yet responded to request for comment.