Jason Wren alcohol poisoning death: Settlement in the works with KU frat

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Jason and Jay Wren in much better times.
  • Jason and Jay Wren in much better times.

Two years after 19-year-old Jason Wren was found dead of alcohol poisoning at the University of Kansas' Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter house, the terms of a settlement may be outlined by the end of the week.

The Lawrence Journal-World reported Monday that attorneys told a judge that they were working on a settlement in the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Wren's father, Jay Wren, against the SAE chapter, its national association, 10 unnamed chapter members, and the Kansas

Alpha House Corp. (which owns the chapter house).

The lawsuit alleged that frat boys failed to get his son medical help "despite his intoxication and a head injury" suffered on March 8, 2009.



Wren, a pledge at the SAE house, had reportedly used a fake ID to drink at a restaurant and continued drinking later at the SAE house. An autopsy revealed that Wren's blood-alcohol content was 0.362 percent.

In November, Jay Wren's attorney argued that SAE hadn't changed. In April 2010, SAE

used chapter money to buy alcohol for underage pledges -- less than a week before the frat held the "Jason Wren

Initiative," a seminar about underage drinking. However, attorneys for the frat and housing corporation argued that SAE had expelled about two dozen members after the April incident.

You really gotta feel for Jay Wren. That guy knows pain. After his son's death, his daughter committed suicide. A few months later, Wren's wife killed herself.


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