Haithem Ibrahim, 20, (right) is one of four California Polytechnic University students arrested Thursday in connection with the December hazing death of an 18-year-old student.
CBS5.com reports that Ibrahami was the “big brother” of Carson Starkey of Austin, Texas, who was going through an annual pledge event held by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
According to CBS5.com, San Luis Obispo police said the death “followed the fraternity's annual "Brown Bag Night'' event Dec. 1 in which pledges are instructed to consume a large quantity of alcohol in a limited amount of time.
“Starkey became unresponsive during the event and several fraternity members put him in a vehicle to take him to a hospital. However, he started vomiting as they were driving, so he was brought back to the house and put to bed, police said.
Fraternity members checked on him until about 2 a.m. Dec. 2, when they went to bed. He was found hours later unresponsive, police said. Emergency crews took Starkey to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
An autopsy determined he died of respiratory arrest due to acute ethanol toxicity and his blood alcohol content was between .39 and .44 percent.”
Ibrahim and another fraternity brother faces a felony charge of hazing causing death or great bodily injury and a misdemeanor violation of furnishing alcohol to a minor causing death or great bodily injury. They both face up to three years in prison for the felony charges. The two other suspects were arrested on misdemeanor charges of hazing causing death or great bodily injury and furnishing alcohol to a minor.