The family of a Connecticut man who fell to his death from a fourth-floor window after being accused of cheating at beer pong has been awarded $ 15.6 million in a lawsuit filed against the other players.
Salomon Martinez went to the Naugatuck apartment in January of 2013 to play the drinking game, but a fight erupted after two men lost a $ 10 bet, according to the Connecticut Post.
After being chased, Martinez locked himself in a child’s bedroom, and he was later found dead on the sidewalk.
“He was a wonderful son, husband and father who worked hard to support his family,” family lawyer Jeremy Virgil told the Connecticut Post.
A Bridgeport jury of six ruled in favor of his family and Kyle Gonzalez, Matthew Chandler and Stephanie Dwyer were ordered to pay the award, the newspaper reported Monday.
Gonzalez is serving 15 years for manslaughter and other charges, while Chandler received a 10-year term, according to the paper. Dwyer bolted the jurisdiction and is believed to be living in Florida, the Post reported.
“We are happy with the result and glad the jury was able to make these people accountable for their actions,” Virgil told the newspaper.
It is not clear when the Martinez family will be able to collect the award, according to the paper.
With News Wire Services