Penn State Student from Ronkonkoma Charged in Hazing Death
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 21, 2017,
May 21, 2017, 12:22
"This was a preventable tragedy", he told "Good Morning America".
Five of the eight are charged with tampering with evidence for attempting to cover up information as police investigated how Piazza, who fell down a flight of stairs at the fraternity on a booze-fueled pledge night, was left to languish for almost 12 hours before anyone called for emergency help. One faces a charge of reckless endangerment.
Piazza died on February 4 after being transported to Penn State Hershey Medical Center, having suffered a non-recoverable brain injury, life threatening spleen injury and other trauma.
Miller also said video footage turned over to investigators provided evidence of what occurred and contradicted stories some witnesses had told. His fraternity brothers did not call an ambulance until the next morning.
Authorities say surveillance video from inside the fraternity house shows Timothy lying unconscious while the fraternity members "shook him, slapped him, attempted to prop up his limp body and poured water on him".
Chronicle of Higher Education: After a Student Dies, Penn State Bans a Fraternity and Liquor at All Greek Houses - "Pennsylvania State University on Thursday permanently banned a fraternity after a student died, and announced a sweeping set of measures created to crack down on what officials described as "growing evidence of problems" related to hazing, alcohol abuse, and drug use in Greek life".
18 fraternity brothers have been charged in conjunction with his death; 8 brothers have been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
"And though Beta Theta Pi issued a statement, it may not be enough given what happened", says Selig.
Centre County, Pennsylvania District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller on Friday accused fraternity members of forcing Piazza to drink too much alcohol, then failing to call for help once it was clear he was seriously injured. Someone called 911 some 40 minutes later.
Piazza tried to get up around 3:20 a.m. but fell backward and hit his head on the wood floor, the report said. It wasn't until 10:48 a.m. the morning after a February 2 party that an ambulance was called. Thirty minutes later he tries to stand again and falls face down on the floor.
Kenyon texted Davis that "No one likes him", according to Parks Miller, who asked that behavior end now.
Gary Dibileo, 21, of Scranton, Lackawanna County: Aggravated assault, involuntary manslaughter, simple assault, reckless endangerment, hazing, alcohol-related charges.
Before the arraignments before Judge Thomas King Kistler, the eight defendants walked in the front of the courthouse quietly, while one of them, Michael Angelo Schiavone, appeared to be holding his mother's hand. Ten other defendants also await trial after being arraigned on Saturday and released on bail.
Penn State University's president is calling a grand jury report into the death of a student after an alcohol-fueled fraternity event heart-wrenching, sickening and incomprehensible. He reportedly said he was shoved into a wall and was told that others had the situation under control.
McCann is among 18 members of the fraternity facing charges in Piazza's death.