Parents of dead Cal Poly student Carson Starkey sue fraternity over alleged hazing

The parents of the Cal Poly student who died last year after allegedly being hazed have filed a lawsuit against the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

Carson Starkey’s parents — Scott and Julia Starkey of Austin, Texas — filed the lawsuit Monday in the county courthouse against the Illinois-based fraternity and its local chapter.

Nine members of the former fraternity at Cal Poly are also named in the suit.

The Starkeys allege four counts of negligence and a violation of Matt’s Law, a California law that allows for felony prosecutions when serious injuries or deaths result from hazing.

No specific amount of money is being sought against the defendants. The lawsuit claims that the fraternity should have taken “reasonable measures” to prevent excessive alcohol consumption. The lawsuit also says that fellow fraternity members failed to provide medical care for Starkey at a time when he was helpless.

To read more about the lawsuit, check out The Tribune on Wednesday.