Father of Texas State student dragged by bus files lawsuit

MARTINDALE, Texas (KXAN) – A number of Texas State University fraternities, sororities and a party bus company are all facing a lawsuit following the death of a Texas State student last October.

Jordin Taylor's body was found at Cool River Ranch on Oct. 30 after a Halloween party. According to the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office, Taylor was found under the rear axle of the bus after being dragged more than 500 feet. The bus is owned and operated by the Skyline Party Bus company.

Taylor's father, Freddie Taylor, is now filing a lawsuit claiming wrongful death and gross negligence. The lawsuit claims there were between 2,000 and 3,000 people in attendance at the Halloween party with a limited number of security personnel.

"This is a horribly bad situation," said Taylor's attorney Jim Ross. "It's a horrible, horrible tragedy to find out that your daughter has been run over by a bus."

According to the lawsuit, "It is believed that Jordin was run over by one or more party buses transporting attendees to the event and then dragged along a gravel road, causing her to suffer blunt force head trauma and severe scrapes."

"The bus driver claims that she never knew that she hit something, just that her bus stopped operating because of the hydraulics. Nobody apparently looks under the bus, nobody does anything, they abandon the bus and Jordin underneath this bus," said Ross. "She wasn't found until the next day. That's horrific and we need some answers for that."

The 44 page lawsuit goes into great detail on claims of an unsafe environment.

"You have a lot of underage drinking going on out there, no security to speak of, horribly bad lighting, buses driving recklessly around the loop picking up and dropping people off," said Ross.

From fraternities to the property owner to the bus driver, all are named in the lawsuit. "You have a lot of people who did a lot of stuff wrong," said Ross.

Those named in the lawsuit are Skyline Party Bus Co., LLC, Burleson SMTX Properties, LLC, Gabriel Wilson, Brandon Burleson, B&B Shuttles, LLC dba B&B Transportation, VCD San Marcos River, LLC, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha Zeta Theta Chapter, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega Iota Alpha Chapter, Kappa Alpha Order, Kappa Alpha Order Epsilon Iota, Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, and Delta Tau Delta Zeta Delta Chapter.

In total, the lawsuit seeks at least $10 million from the defendants, a price tag that will only do so much for a grieving father.

"If Jordin's father could have her back today, he would give up anything to do that," said Ross.

KXAN has yet to hear back from any of the defendants named in the lawsuit.

In January, Texas State University suspended four fraternities saying that disciplinary actions were taken due to conduct involving alcohol at the party where Taylor died. The fraternities will be suspended anywhere between two and five years.

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