Raphael Nuñez Jr., Killed Crossing Freeway After UCI Frat Partying, Was Being Hazed: Family's Suit

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Did computer science major Raphael Nuñez, Jr. (nicknamed "Ralphy")--in his pot, Ecstasy and jungle-juice fueled stupor--mistakenly wander onto the 405 freeway before being struck and killed by two vehicles the night of May 7, 2009?

Or, as claimed in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against UCI by Nuñez's parents, was he taking part in a fraternity hazing ritual?

Actually, you might want to check to make sure you're not being sued, too. The Regents of the University of California, Sigma Pi (UCI, Nationals, and advisers), Alpha Epsilon Pi (UCI, Nationals, and advisers), the bus company Delta Tours, the Shark Club in Costa Mesa, security guards and 200 John Does (UCI students) are among the 215 defendants named in Orange County Superior Court documents.

This much everyone agrees on: Nuñez and some pals attended a film festival at UCI that fateful evening before they boarded a bus chartered by Alpha Epsilon Pi bound for the Thursday night college night at the Shark Club. Alpha Epsilon Pi sponsored the party along with Nuñez's frat, Sigma Pi.

Aboard the bus, witnesses would later say Nuñez and his friends consumed "jungle juice"--a sweet mixture of vodka and fruit juices--on the way to the Costa Mesa nightclub. The bus arrived at 10:30 p.m., but Nuñez was quickly kicked out of the club.

Here's where it gets hazy. Nuñez's friends say they did not realize their friend had been bounced from the club. The frats obviously haven't fessed up to forcing the young man to go take a long walk off a short freeway connector.

Nevertheless, that's where he was and what he was trying to do: cross the 405 freeway near Bristol Street. He was first hit while running from the center divider toward the right shoulder of the northbound lanes, and then by the second vehicle. The county coroner later confirmed Nuñez's blood alcohol level was 0.29 and that there were traces of marijuana and Ecstacy in his system.

Campus officials suspended Sigma Pi and Alpha Epsilon Pi for their roles in an underage drinker getting blasted on their bus and sponsored event. Meanwhile, online campus news source Zot Report discovered the following allegations in the complaint filed May 13 and seeking "wrongful death damages" and a jury trial:

  • In actuality, the Event had nothing to do with philanthropy but was a ruse to transport, in junket-style, busloads of intoxicated students from the UCI campus to an off-campus bar.

  • On the way to The Shark Club defendants turned a blind eye to the distribution of alcoholic beverages and Ecstasy (or other illegal substances) to the Event.

  • At all relevant times, the local police, UCI campus police and the Regents were aware of a fraternity hazing ritual that required intoxicated members of fraternities to run across freeways.

  • The defendants breached their mandatory duty under Civil Code 2100 . . . by failing to take a head count of Event attendees upon departing The Shark Club to make sure all Event attendees who were on the buses going to The Shark Club were present on the buses returning to the UCI campus.

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tiggertoo11
tiggertoo11

I agree with Caroline69. none of you knew Ralph, so how dare you have an opinion on his life!!! he was sweet, smart, and funny. i miss him every single day. You people need to fall off the face of this earth.

Caroline69
Caroline69

First of all you don't know ralph. Don't go talking and saying things when you don't know the whole story. People who comment here with out knowing the true story are all ignorant. Of course media id going to hide the truth! If you believe everything the media says you were super ignorant n gullible. ralph was a great person. him n his family will always remain in my prayers. To all of you who just like to say things have some respect

A Mom
A Mom

What is so sad is the UC Irvine learned nothing from this tragic event.  They cannot face the fact that binge drinking and drugs are rampant on campus  

Rachel H
Rachel H

So AEPi frat "boys" blame it all on the victim.  You were only trying to host a fun-loving philanthropy event to raise money for a good cause.  Right!!  Your fraternity needs to be closed and some of you need to be kicked out of college and....  I just read where fraternity alumni will contribute a lot of money to the university when their fraternity gets into trouble.  The comment was made that it is called a bribe.  I was glad to hear that this university doesn't have that kind of policy.

Littlelady
Littlelady

Although I feel deeply for what the parents are going through, this is the problem with our society. There is no personal responsibility for anything anymore. No body put a gun to his head and said drink,smoke,swallow. Also fraternities are voluntary and nobody can make you join one if you don't want to. This is what happens to kids who for most their lives are sheltered and then let lose into an environment where they have sex,drugs and alcohol right at their fingertips. I'm not saying this is the case, but I've seen so many kids go through the same thing and burn out by the lack of understanding that world. I came from a family where we constantly discussed drugs, alcohol, experimentation and consequences  of such behavior. My parents never told me drugs were bad. They were quiete honest about their drug use in the seventies and how fun it was.They also told me about how they were arrested and how shitty life can be if you abuse it. It's not like this will work for everybody but it worked for me. Just graduated from college and only drink on occasion anymore.

Steve
Steve

it seems like most of the guys at these events are just goons-Frats don't mean shit anymore. Real smart kids just do well and don't worry about letters on their coat or diploma-and they do well because they aren't wasting their time partying. So if your kid is too stupid and high (personal choices) and then, inebriated, tries running across a busy freeway(again, personal choice: his) you get to sue the pants off everybody and collect on your dead kid?  Laziest parenting in the world. Lots of parents only seem like they love their kids enough AFTER they are dead.

MrEFQ
MrEFQ

Ahhh yes, lets blame everybody but the person who got themselves killed.

Might as well sue the people who built the freeway. And the company who made the car that killed him.

Pathetic.

Briansays
Briansays

and this from a computer science major?one can only imagine the high intelligence level and standards to get into uci's liberal arts programs

cleaning up the gene pool one at a time

Otribj.
Otribj.

And because of their son's studity, we the taxpayers have to foot the bill. What ever happened to parents taking responsibility for their children? What I see happening is "a child makes a bad judgement call, so the parents get a free payday." What's wrong with this picture?

Rachel
Rachel

How incredibly insensitive you are!!  AEPi pretended to have a philanthropy event that the fraternity, their national fraternity, Greek Life and the University knew was NOT.  They are all to blame for the death of Raphael and they should all pay big.  Someone should ask the question was AEPi’s security vendor financially connected to AEPi?  Was this an annual philanthropy event for AEPi?  How much money was raised that went back to AEPi and their national headquarters?  Where was security when Raphael was outside, drunk and drugged?  Where are the pictures taken by AEPi members of that “philanthropy” event?  The questions go on and on….

Thecoloneljames
Thecoloneljames

Darwin at work.As society feels Facebook, Twitter, i Pods and i Pad navigation are more important than common sense, watch the population thin it's self out.

Just sayin'...

The Colonel James

Jimjim
Jimjim

The parents should be sued for not teaching their kid to think for himself.

yahoo-5E4VECOQ6Q5K2YHETQ3YI6LADY
yahoo-5E4VECOQ6Q5K2YHETQ3YI6LADY

How incredibly ignorant are college kids. Intelligence is beaten down by hormones and the need for acceptance. Just study, kids. You will need a job unless you're Paris Hilton. No, you will not be a famous writer, or a film star; you will not win at Lotto. You do not need to be part of stupid hazing rituals and drug parties. That is for the lower classes.

A UCI Student
A UCI Student

@yahoo-ZZPJTL4IKRFLTGCNXDVRNRREJ4:disqus I was part of AEPi at the time and IT WAS a philanthropy event. We held a movie festival and had live performers at the club.... And everyone knew it was a philanthropy related event. The security was a private security. NONE of the money went back to AEPi UCI or nationals. He for a fact took E and smoked a blunt before boarding the bus... and at the club got himself to 0.29 BA.  Where you at his memorial at UCI??? His close Sigma Pi bros all talked about their memories of him.. which included basically just getting drunk with him and that he could hold his liquor.

He basically got to drunk made some poor decisions and fatally had to pay for them. A sad story that it is important to party responsibly or at least have friends that you can count on.  Students will party and get drunk.. and if they do it's important to do it responsibly. Sad that his "friends" didnt watch out for him... but in the end He should be held accountable for his actions.. but if someone could have prevented it and didn't.. that's a shame.

I was at the party and I got some liquor in my system there...

btw if you want to read some documents on the court case go to: http://www.myucirvine.com/news...

David
David

Why is AEPi responsible for his death?  The AEPi members recognized that he was too drunk to attend the event safely.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Two words Rach...

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY!

Gilberto Torres
Gilberto Torres

Are you kidding me? What evidence do you have that his parents are illegal immigrants or that he was dropped as a child. Do you realize how difficult it is to get admitted to UCI?  Your comment is racist and extremely offensive to the family.

guest
guest

Because allowing someone on the bus to the venue is assuming legal responsibility for that individual. If said fraternity recognized the individual as "too drunk to attend the event safely," then said fraternity should have never allowed him on the bus in the first place.

Pepe
Pepe

You are a vile turd, Gomer. Shouldn't you go back to humpin' your bruncle?

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