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Father of Texas State Student Dragged to Her Death Sues Fraternities, Bus Driver 

  • Jordin Taylor,
Six months after 20-year-old Jordin Taylor was dragged to death by a bus at a Texas State frat party, her father has filed a lawsuit against more than a dozen people and organizations that may have played a role in the incident.

In October, Jordin attended a "Monster Mash" party, hosted by four Texas State fraternities, at Cool River Ranch, an event space along the Guadalupe River. Up to 3,000 people attended the party, which featured heavy underage drinking and noise violations. The next morning, authorities found Jordin's body under a bus — it appeared she had been hit and dragged some 500 feet before dying.

In his lawsuit, Jordin's father Freddie Taylor names all four fraternities, their chapter heads, the bus company and driver, and Cool River Ranch property owners — a total of 14 defendant. The suit, filed on March 21 in a Hays County court, alleges that each defendant played a role that collectively led to Jordin's death.

"They knew, or should have known, that allowing the fraternities to have an event such as the one held at Cool River Ranch was dangerous," reads the suit, which was obtained by the San Antonio Express-News. "Instead, they turned their heads and pretended not to see the inadequate security, poor lighting, underage drinking, over-intoxication of invitees, and the reckless driving of the buses entering and exiting the property the night of the event."

The four fraternities, who swore it wasn't their party, have already been suspended by UT for hazing, serving alcohol to underage students, and lying to law enforcement. No defendants have commented on the suit.

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