Documents offer harrowing timeline of deadly night at Penn State fraternity
Helped by surveillance footage, prosecutors painted a harrowing picture of the events inside a Penn State University fraternity in early February that led them to charge 18 members in the death of a pledge.
The video from cameras inside Beta Theta Pi, interviews with students and text messages allowed them to build a detailed timeline of what happened to Timothy Piazza — from his arrival for pledge acceptance night to his frat brothers' decision to call an ambulance for him the next morning.
The 19-year-old from Lebanon, N.J., drank a life-threatening amount of alcohol during a hazing ritual and then fell numerous times, a grand jury found. Fraternity members didn't call 911 until nearly 12 hours after his first fall, when Piazza was unconscious, the panel concluded.
He had severe head trauma and a shattered spleen and later died of traumatic brain injury.