Suits filed in death of sorority pledges

GREENVILLE - According to court records, the two negligence lawsuits filed in Nash County in the last week blame sorority hazing at East Carolina University for the deadly wreck that killed Victoria Carter and Briana Gather in 2010.

Investigators said a former ECU student Kamil Arrington was driving three young women to a beauty salon on November 20th, 2010, when she fell asleep at the wheel and hit a tree on Greenville Boulevard, near Rosewood Drive. Two of the three passengers in the car died. The women who died were pledges of Delta Sigma Theta sorority at ECU. Investigators said they were headed to the salon to prepare for initiation into the sorority chapter.

Former Greenville Police Chief William Anderson stated the car never braked before slamming into the tree. However, alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Arrington was later convicted of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

Now with the criminal case done, Arrington must face two separate wrongful death lawsuits filed in Nash County by the estates of the victims.

However, she's not the only one on the hook. Both the local and national branches of Delta Sigma Theta are listed as defendants in the case, according to court records. According to WRAL-TV in Raleigh, more than two dozen Delta Sigma Theta chapter members are listed in the suit as well.

The lawsuit filed on October 1st, 2012 by Carter's mother, Bernadette Carter, alleges that the sorority hazed the girls in several ways, including depriving them of sleep, according to WRAL-TV in Raleigh. The suit also alleges the sorority "later tried to cover up the hazing by deleting emails, text message records and other documents and threatening pledges."

A similar suit was filed in Nash County by Gather's family on September 28th, 2012, according to court records.

NewsChannel 12 made several phone calls to Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated about both suits but we were told there was "no one [there] to comment on the situation at this time."

According to WRAL-TV in Raleigh, the suit is seeking an "unspecified compensatory and punitive damages."

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