A Northern Illinois University freshman was forced to drink as much as 20 ounces of vodka in 90 minutes by his fraternity “mom and dad,” then left unconscious to die as older frat members as well as college women who acted as “moms” refused to call 911 for help.
The vivid details of 19-year-old David Bogenberger's death last year came to light in recent amendments to a lawsuit against the student’s prospective fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha International, filed by the deceased pledge’s parents.
The suit also targets individual members of the fraternity. Earlier this year, the lawsuit, resulting from Bogenberger’s death from alcohol poisoning on Nov. 2 of last year, added 16 women as defendants as well. The women were invited by frat members to take part in the hazing of Bogenberger (pictured) and other pledges, as part of an event called “Mom and Dad’s Night.”
According to the lawsuit, which seeks $500,00 damages as well as other costs, Bogenberger and other pledges were asked highly personal questions about their sexual practices and told to drink a 4-ounce glass of straight vodka after each answer. Pledges who did not gulp down the potent booze were berated and ridiculed until they gave up and drank.
Once the pledges were so drunk that they became incapacitated, they were dragged to the frat house basement and given buckets in which to vomit. Many threw up on themselves or each other. Then they were left helpless on floors around the house.
The lawsuit alleges that one frat member, acting as Bogenberger’s “Greek father,” set him on a bed and arranged his body in such a way that he would not choke on his own vomit. The “parents” then gave instructions that emergency services to help the pledges should not be called.
Bogenberger’s blood alcohol level was found to be five times the legal limit at the time of his death.
"I know more now about the narrative, and it's appalling," said Bogenberger family lawyer Peter Coladarci.