Yale student charged in fatal accident

May 5, 2012 at 6:02 PM
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NEW HAVEN, Conn., May 5 (UPI) -- A Yale University student who was driving a keg-filled U-Haul to a Yale-Harvard football game tailgate when the vehicle hit and killed a woman has been charged.

Brendan Ross, accompanied by his father and New Haven attorney William Dow, turned himself in Friday evening at New Haven police headquarters, the New Haven (Conn.) Register reported.

Ross was charged with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle and reckless driving in the accident before the 2011 Yale-Harvard game in New Haven.

The U-Haul also struck and injured two other women in a grassy area.

Ross was released without paying bond on a written promise to appear in court.

He was given no blood-alcohol test because he passed a field sobriety test at the scene, the Register said.

Nancy Barry, 30, of Salem, Mass., was killed in the accident.

Sarah Short, a Yale student from New Haven, was injured and has sued Ross and U-Haul, saying her injuries were caused by negligence by Ross and U-Haul.

Elizabeth Dernbach, 23, also was injured.

After the accident, Yale banned kegs at university athletic events and other functions and created a vehicle-free area for tailgating. Yale also banned oversized vehicles such as box trucks or large commercial vehicles from university lots at athletic events unless they're driven by a pre-approved vendor.

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