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Fraternity settles with family of Yale student killed in 2003 crash

Sept. 25, 2013 at 3:58 PM

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Delta Kappa Epsilon has settled with the family of a Yale student killed in a crash on a Connecticut highway while returning from a fraternity event.

The terms of the settlement between DKE and the estate of Nicholas Grass of Holyoke, Mass., had not been released, the Yale Daily News reported Wednesday. The settlement was approved Sept. 5.

Grass, a member of the class of 2005, was fatally injured in the crash on Interstate 95 in Bridgeport, Conn., in January 2003. A sport utility vehicle driven by Sean Fenton, a member of Yale's class of 2004, struck a tractor-trailer that skidded through a barrier from the other side of the highway.

Fenton and two classmates of Grass, Andrew Dwyer and Kyle Burnat, were killed, and five other students injured.

A report by the National Transportation Safety Board placed part of the blame on the failure to install a median barrier capable of dealing with a heavy truck.

In the lawsuit, the Grass family blamed DKE for failing to ensure members would have safe transportation to and from the event in New York City and suggested Fenton had not been getting enough sleep because the fraternity had been in "Hell Week," when new pledges are examined.

Last year, the Connecticut Supreme Court refused a motion by DKE to dismiss the lawsuit.

Grass, a star baseball player in high school, was a pitcher for the Yale team.

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