Family of woman killed at tailgate sues fraternity

The estate of Salem resident Nancy Barry, a woman who was killed at a Yale University tailgate when a U-Haul struck her and two other people in 2011, is suing Sigma Phi Epsilon, the fraternity in which the driver of the U-Haul was in. Prosecutors said the accident happened when fraternity member and Yale junior Brendan Ross lost control of the rental truck he was driving.

In the lawsuit the estate’s attorney brought against the fraternity in the Boston Superior Court, he stated that it was liable for Ross’ negligence because the activity was “sanctioned by the fraternity” and the driver was operating the vehicle under the fraternity’s instructions.

A previous lawsuit also named Ross, U-Haul, and Yale University, as defendants.

Losing a loved one due to other parties’ negligence is traumatic and difficult. To learn more about wrongful death claims in Massachusetts, speak with the lawyers at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, by calling (617) 426-4488.