Lawsuit: Hazing, forced drug use led to death of Dublin teen at Ohio University frat

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The family of a Dublin teen who died at an Ohio University frat house has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Sigma Pi Fraternity.

Eighteen-year-old Collin Wiant died the morning of Nov. 12, 2018, after someone called police reporting him unresponsive at a home to members of the fraternity.

The lawsuit alleges that during the pledging process, Wiant was subjected to physical abuse, verbal abuse, mental abuse, sleep deprivation, forced drug and alcohol use and other forms of hazing intended to humiliate and demean him.

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“He was summoned around midnight. He confided among friends that he was about to be hazed. He gets to that house at a little after 2 a.m., and by 2:50, he was dead, “ said Attorney Rex Elliott.

The lawsuit contends the hazing caused bodily injury, emotional distress and ultimately, his death.

The lawsuit claims that a toxicology report shows Wiant died of asphyxiation due to nitrous oxide ingestion.

Between Sept. 17, 2018, and his death in November, Wiant and 10 other young men participated in the pledging process. Three pledges dropped out during that time period, the lawsuit states.

The attorney representing the family believes there was an attempt to cover up the death when members found Wiant unresponsive. He tells 10TV the pledges were immediately initiated then were told to make up a story.

“They did it in an effort to close the ranks to that. They had a consistent story. It frankly sickens me that their first response was to get the story straight rather than provide assistance to Collin,” Elliott says.

Sigma Pi National Fraternity sent 10TV the following statement:

"We are aware of the tragic passing of Collin Wiant this past November and we continue to extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends. To my knowledge, Sigma Pi International has not been served with a lawsuit involving Mr. Wiant, so we are not able to comment. If we are served with a lawsuit, our attorneys will review and determine the appropriate response."

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