KANSAS CITY — A man serving a five-year sentence for a fatal traffic accident in Kansas City is claiming his hazing at a Louisiana university fraternity led him to take "unwise actions."
Curtis Mertensmeyer filed a federal lawsuit earlier this month in the U.S. District Court of Western Missouri against Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity and its chapter at Tulane University in New Orleans. Mertensmeyer was a student and fraternity pledge there last year.
The 21-year-old Mission Hills, Kan., man pleaded guilty in November to involuntary manslaughter in the hit-and-run death of 25-year-old Daniel Riemann, of Lansing, Kan.
The lawsuit does not refer to the accident. But it claims Mertensmeyer was hazed at Tulane, and he has developed post-traumatic stress disorder that affects his decisions.