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Man convicted in fatal crash says hazing affected his actions

Friday, March 13, 2009 | 11:17 a.m. CDT

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.


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