The injuries suffered by 19 year old Timothy Piazza may not have been lethal if he had received more immediate medical attention.
During today’s preliminary hearing for the Penn State Fraternity hazing death, testimony was given to determine if evidence exists to proceed with new charges against 11 members of the fraternity. 5 of the 11 are charged with involuntary manslaughter. Two of the eleven are Parker Yochim of Waterford and Joseph Sala of Erie. Forensic pathologist, Dr. Harry Kamerow testified that the severe head trauma and spleen injury suffered by Piazza during the hazing incident, may have been survivable. He says the hours of delay in calling for medical help, as well as the moving around of Piazza after the injures, played a big part in his death. Piazza died from injuries suffered after falling down a flight of stairs after drinking heavy amounts of alcohol during a pledge acceptance ceremony.