Stanford named in wrongful death lawsuit; 'last resort' for family of student who died in 2020

Stanford University is being named in a wrongful death lawsuit following the January 2020 death of sophomore Eitan Weiner.

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1/23/2022 1:15:00 AM

Stanford University is being named in a wrongful death lawsuit following the January 2020 death of sophomore Eitan Weiner .

19-year-old Eitan Weiner died in 2020 of an accidental overdose. The family says after the RA called 911, there was no follow-up for 36 hours leading up to his death.

On Friday, ABC7 News received a similar response from Stanford's University Communications team which said in-part:"We were saddened to receive news of this lawsuit as our community continues to mourn Eitan's tragic death, and we have great sympathy for his family and those affected by it. We do not agree with many of the allegations in the complaint and we will defend the university against this lawsuit."

"It doesn't change the fact that they need to own up to what has already happened," Ya'el said."That they're saddened by this lawsuit, because they're mourning, it's an insult. It's a poke in our eyes and salt in our wounds."

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. The school also addressed it's commitment, it's response and what it's doing to combat drug and alcohol misuse. On Friday, ABC7 News received a similar response from Stanford's University Communications team which said in-part: "We were saddened to receive news of this lawsuit as our community continues to mourn Eitan's tragic death, and we have great sympathy for his family and those affected by it. We do not agree with many of the allegations in the complaint and we will defend the university against this lawsuit." "It doesn't change the fact that they need to own up to what has already happened," Ya'el said."That they're saddened by this lawsuit, because they're mourning, it's an insult. It's a poke in our eyes and salt in our wounds." RELATED: USC suspends fraternity after multiple reports of 'possible drug-facilitated sexual assaults' "If everyone had just done what they were supposed to do, Eitan would still be with us today," Gonzalez shared. He added,"It failed to follow its own policies. It failed to do what was right. It could be any named institution to us, it does not matter. What hurts is that this is a Stanford family." "We've tried to work with Stanford. We begged and pleaded for them to step up and do the right thing- hold themselves and their students, and their student organizations accountable," Ya'el Weiner told ABC7 News."But they failed to do that. And they've just been resistant to cooperating and doing so. And so, this is just finally the opportunity for us to seek some sort of justice and some measure of accountability." The lawsuit also named a childhood friend who Weiner's family said sold the drugs. Three additional people were named, identified by the family as Weiner's roommates at the time of his death. "They compromised a criminal investigation, they concealed evidence, and they have gone on to live their lives with no accountability," Ya'el Weiner told ABC7 News."They're about to graduate with their Stanford degrees, Eitan doesn't get to graduate in the spring."