The family of an Eden Prairie man severely injured in a hazing incident at a University of Missouri fraternity in October 2021 has settled with all 23 defendants in a lawsuit.
Danny Santulli, 19, a freshman, sustained alcohol-induced brain injuries during a pledge party at the now-closed Mizzou chapter of Phi Gamma Delta (also known as Fiji) house.
The 2021 Eden Prairie High School graduate is in a Colorado rehabilitation hospital where he remains unresponsive.
David Bianchi, the family’s attorney, revealed the 23 settlements during a hearing in Boone County Circuit Court on Tuesday, May 10, according to a story in the Columbia Daily Tribune. Bianchi filed the lawsuit on behalf of Santulli’s family in January.
Santulli’s parents, Tom and Mary Pat, and his sister Meredith, attended the court hearing.
According to the Daily Tribune, Bianchi told reporters that the settlements were reached so that Santulli can be well cared for in the coming years.
Last week, the University of Missouri proposed disciplinary sanctions against 13 students stemming from the incident.
Santulli, an incoming fraternity member, was found in cardiac arrest inside a car at University Hospital on Oct. 20, 2021. His blood alcohol was more than five times the legal limit for driving.
According to a news release, the university police department forwarded information about the incident to the Boone County prosecutor’s office, and a criminal investigation continues.
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