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Family Of Teen Who Died At Off-Campus Fraternity House File Civil Suit


Zach Wardrip of Indiana was 19-years-old when he died from alcohol intoxication in a Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house in Murray. Court documents say Wardrip was illegally served alcohol at the Pi Kappa Alpha house before walking to Lambda Chi Alpha where he was left alone on a futon before his death.

Jerry and Lisa Wardrip are now filing a civil lawsuit against Lambda Chi and Pi Kappa. Wardip’s parents also filed a suit against Lambda Chi member Andrew Noyes-- who Wardrip was visiting at the time of his death. The lawsuit says the “negligence, gross negligence and … the wanton conduct” of the defendants caused their son’s death. Court documents say Jerry and Lisa Wardip are seeking “justice jointly and severally against the defendants and any damages or other relief they may be entitled to” for their son’s death. Calloway County Circuit Court says the fraternities and Andrew Noyes do not have any listed representation at this time. Attorneys representing Jerry and Lisa Wardrip have not yet responded to requests for comment.

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