Martinez, Estate of Samuel H. vs. Washington State University, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and Individual Defendants

Location: Pullman, WA

Washington State University freshman, Samuel Martinez, 19, died from alcohol poisoning in November 2019 while attending an event at the Alpha Tau Omega.

Martinez and another pledge were ordered to finish a half-gallon of rum between them and his blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.372 after his death, nearly five times the legal limit.

Pullman Police originally ruled out hazing, but later rescinded that statement following witness interviews. The coroner later ruled Martinez died accidentally from acute alcohol intoxication and said 911 was not called until four hours after he died.

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