University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Lawsuits: Louisiana frat hazed pledge before deadly crash

Fraternity members at a Louisiana university hazed a pledge and kept him awake for three days before he fell asleep at the wheel of a car that struck and killed another student, according to a pair of lawsuits.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette student Michael Gallagher Jr., whose car struck and killed 23-year-old Rustam Nizamutdinov last November, sued the Kappa Sigma fraternity and university officials last Friday. Nizamutdinov's mother, who lives in Uzbekistan, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the fraternity and some of its members in September.

Gallagher's suit claims university officials knew or should have known about a "persistent pattern of hazing"...