Nine men face charges in the death of a Florida State University fraternity pledge who died of acute alcohol poisoning.
Andrew Coffey, a 20-year-old from the Fort Lauderdale area, was found dead in November after a night of partying that led his blood alcohol level to reach .558 at one point.
Grand jury records from last month state that one fellow pledge waited before calling 911, and that members of Pi Kappa Phi “were more concerned about getting in trouble than they were about trying to save Coffey’s life.”
Nine people, ranging in age from 20 to 22, now face charges of “College Hazing-Cause Injury or Death,” according to a Tuesday night release from police in Tallahassee.
It was not immediately clear if all of the suspects were fraternity members.
The Pi Kappa Phi fraternity house is seen near Florida State University in Tallahassee.
All fraternity and sorority activity at the school was suspended in the wake of the death, the latest in a string of fraternity pledge deaths that have led to criminal investigations.
The most serious charges against members of Beta Theta Pi’s Penn State chapter for the death of New Jersey native Timothy Piazza were dismissed last year, but video footage of him being given 18 drinks in 82 minutes led prosecutors to refile counts including involuntary manslaughter.
“Hopefully, this investigation and its outcome will prevent another tragedy from occurring,” Tallahassee Chief Michael DeLeo said in a statement about the FSU charges.
An obituary for Coffey said he “created countless memories for his family and friends and leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness and laughter.”