Penn, “Skulls” Frat Named in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The parents of a student who died after a fall at a New Year’s party Penn’s Phi Kappa Sigma house have named the fraternity and the university in a wrongful death lawsuit. On December 31, 2010, 20-year-old Matthew Crozier went to a party at the Phi Kappa Sigma (known as “Skulls”) house on Penn’s campus. A few hours after midnight, Crozier fell over a second-floor railing and hit his head. He died in a hospital on January 5th.

Crozier’s parents are accusing both Penn and the fraternity of negligence for knowingly allowing underage drinking at an on-campus party, as well as not taking the necessary precautions to ensure that the Skulls chapter house at 3539 Locust Walk was up to building code standards.

The family is seeking “in excess of $50,000” from each of the parties named in the suit, though Robert Mongeluzzi, who is representing the Croziers, believes that a settlement or jury would likely award far more in damages. [Daily Pennsylvanian]