Raleigh woman sues ECU sorority over daughter's death

Posted October 1, 2012

— The mother of an East Carolina University student who died in a crash almost two years ago filed a wrongful death suit Monday against a sorority at the school, claiming that hazing led to the fatal wreck.

Victoria T'nya-Ann Carter, 20, of Raleigh, was one of two ECU students killed on Nov. 20, 2010, when the car they were riding in went off a road in Greenville and hit a tree.

The driver, Kamil Shaunay Arrington, of Nashville, was charged with two counts of misdemeanor death by vehicle in the crash.

Arrington, Carter and two other passengers in the car were members of the pledge class for Delta Sigma Theta at ECU.

A lawsuit filed in Nash County by Carter's mother, Bernadette Carter, alleges that the sorority hazed the pledges in multiple ways, including depriving them of sleep. The hazing violated ECU policies, but sorority officials dismissed any complaints university officials received, according to the suit.

Arrington was so exhausted after weeks of hazing that she fell asleep while driving Carter and their classmates to an early-morning sorority appointment, the suit states.

The sorority later tried to cover up the hazing by deleting emails, text message records and other documents and threatening pledges, according to the lawsuit.

The suit, which also names the national Delta Sigma Theta sorority and more than two dozen members of the ECU chapter, is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.


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  • superman Oct 11, 2012

    No one forced this smart intelligent hard working rich girl to drive a car. She made that decision herself. She should have been smart enough to know that she should not be driving. The college and sorority should be sueing the mother for sending them someone who wasnt capable of thinking for herself.

  • Felton23 Oct 10, 2012

    I was in a fraternity for a couple of years in college. We did not haze pledges. We were a social fraternity as well. The main reason I joined that fraternity was because of the no hazing. We weren't the most "popular" but were the 3rd biggest, in great academic standing, and at the top in athletic intramurals as well. We have guys from Eastern NC, the northeast, mountain towns, big cities, small towns. Definitely NOT the worst thing about college.

  • itsyoureternalsoul Oct 9, 2012

    Actually the worst thing about college is the societal lie that if you $pend thou$ands you will be ahead of so many others in the working world.

  • commonsense4 Oct 8, 2012

    Fraternities and sororities - how are these fake friend factories accepted by our society? Most in them are brainless bullies that feel better when they torture someone else - so, basically, losers!

    Completely disgusting and the worst thing about college!

  • sthiggs Oct 5, 2012

    What a loss. In the end, what purpose was trying to fit in. There are better ways to fit in and make a lasting impression on society.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Oct 4, 2012

    This was an accident and nothing to do with hazing. Sorry that this mother cannot move on and keep the wonderful memories she has of her daughter.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Oct 3, 2012

    storchheim - "She can't write a sentence correctly, but got a college degree anyway?"

    That's not surprising! Few can write a coherent sentence nowadays without Spellcheck and Grammarcheck on, and even then, there are mistakes.

    Ever read the stories on the major news channels? Those are written and edited by people with college degrees, and the spelling, word usage and grammar are often atrocious in them.

    Plus, there are few who know how or when to use a ' (apostrophe) or a ` (grave accent is a a diacritical mark used normally in foreign words and names) and use the ` at the beginning of quoted quotes when they should be using the ' at the beginning and end of a quote within a quote.


  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Oct 3, 2012

    Fraternities and sororities are little better than cliques and cults.

    Do away with them altogether!!! That will help protect young people from hazing from them.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Oct 3, 2012

    How does hazing lead to a traffic accident?

  • donikco Oct 3, 2012

    Death at an early age is always tragic and very difficult when it is your child. My heart goes out to all of the family members, even the sorority sisters. It is hard to understand why someone you love would willingly go through acts that others would not. However, the truth of the matter is that the young ladies did make a choice. A choice that was theirs to make. More often then not, they know exactly what they are getting into. Hazing didn't just start in 2010. This has been going on for years. To think that a parent, lawyer, University, or National Chapter of any Sorority or Fraternity can actually stop hazing is like saying that this world will one day be rid of sin. I would encourage parents to educate your children then keep them prayed up. In the end the Lord's Will, will be done. I just hope there are people out there to pick up the volunteer work that will be left undone in the minority communities of Greenville NC in the absence of the sorority.