Noah Domingo Irvine: University Of California, Irvine (UCI) Student Noah Caleb Domingo Died In Fraternity House Accident For Sigma Alpha Epsilon
IRVINE, CALIFORNIA (January 14, 2019) – An 18-year-old UCI student from La Crescenta identified as Noah Domingo has tragically died at a fraternity house owned by Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon has been placed under suspension as authorities continue to investigate the death of Noah Domingo. The University of California, Irvine is working with law enforcement to determine exactly what happened.
The Orange County Coroner’s office is awaiting toxicology results. The death of Noah Domingo comes just a few months after the death of a UC Riverside student who also died at a fraternity. Authorities suspected that hazing may have been involved in that case.
UCI released a statement saying it will be working with campus fraternities to make sure they are “engaging in behaviors and practices that are in alignment with university policies and their own values.”
Liability In Fraternity Deaths Involving Hazing
Students and school officials that engage in hazing may be subject to misdemeanor or felony criminal penalties under California’s Penal Code 245.6. According to section (D) of the statute, “Any person who personally engages in hazing that results in death or serious bodily injury as defined in paragraph (4) of subdivision (f) of Section 243 of the Penal Code, is guilty of either a misdemeanor or a felony, and shall be punished by imprisonment in county jail not exceeding one year, or by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170.”
Universities and Fraternities can potentially face civil liability for the death of a college student that was the result of hazing under section (E) of the statute. According to the law, “The person against whom the hazing is directed may commence a civil action for injury or damages. The action may be brought against any participants in the hazing, or any organization to which the student is seeking membership whose agents, directors, trustees, managers, or officers authorized, requested, commanded, participated in, or ratified the hazing.”
Despite bans on hazing this dangerous trend continues and has claimed far too many lives. The family of a student that died in a hazing incident may be able to seek justice through California’s Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. A wrongful death attorney can investigate all aspects of your case and let you know what your options are. It’s important that victims are proactive after an incident so that evidence is preserved.
Investigating A Fraternity Death
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Noah Domingo. The University of California, Irvine and Sigma Alpha Epsilon need to conduct a thorough investigation into what happened. Was hazing involved? How much did school officials know about what happened? There needs to be some accountability for this tragedy. This student had a promising future ahead of him. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to help prevent similar incidents.
If someone that you love has died at a UCI fraternity you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury lawyers are here to help in any way that we can. We have extensive resources and staff to get to the bottom of what happened. Whether you need a free investigation into your case or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285. Se Habla Español.