FSU frat brother says pledge who died knew danger of drinking

Nine Florida State University students have been charged in connection with the November death of a 20-year-old pledge. An investigative report describes the chaotic scene and binge drinking at the Pi Kappa Phi party that police said took place before Andrew Coffey died from alcohol poisoning.
Nine Florida State University students have been charged in connection with the November death of a 20-year-old pledge. An investigative report describes the chaotic scene and binge drinking at the Pi Kappa Phi party that police said took place before Andrew Coffey died from alcohol poisoning.
Published March 9 2018
Updated March 9 2018

TALLAHASSEE — A Florida State University fraternity member charged in a pledge’s death says the 20-year-old knew the danger of drinking and attending the off campus party where he died.

The Tallahassee Democrat reports that attorneys for Conner Ravelo filed a response this week to a civil lawsuit filed last month by the victim’s parents. Ravelo is one of nine former Pi Kappa Phi members facing criminal charges in what investigators say was the hazing-related 2017 death of Andrew Coffey.

The civil suit alleges the defendants were negligent in Coffey’s death after a "Big Brother Night," during which pledges drank to excess.

The lawsuit singles out Ravelo — Coffey’s "big brother" — for providing a bottle of Wild Turkey bourbon. His response said Coffey "knew" the danger and was "negligent" himself.

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