Lawyers for the parents of an underage college student who sued USC, the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and other parties when their son was struck by a car after drinking alcohol at a party reached a settlement with the defendants in the wrongful death/negligence case.
Court papers filed April 10 with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Hess stated that the lawsuit filed by Raul Vasquez and Wendy Margolin was resolved. No terms were divulged.
The couple’s son, Eloi Vasquez, was a 19-year-old UC Berkeley soccer player. He was killed when he ran across lanes of traffic on the eastbound Santa Monica (10) Freeway, east of Vermont Avenue, about 2:30 a.m. on March 27, 2015, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Vasquez had earlier attended a party at the Beta-Sigma chapter house near USC that was being held to publicize the Heaps cellular telephone app, according to his parents’ lawsuit, which was filed Jan. 27.
The suit alleged Vasquez was served alcohol despite the fact that he was underage. Additionally, the plaintiffs blamed the fraternity for allowing their son to leave the party by himself even though it was apparent that he was intoxicated.
Vasquez was a freshman at UC Berkeley and a midfielder with the soccer team. His parents’ lawsuit was filed in January 2016.
—City News Service
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