The parents of Alexander Grant have filed suit against those they claim are responsible for their son’s death. The lawsuit, which was filed in Saratoga County Court last week and obtained by the Saratogian, cites the fact that Grant was underage and names nine of his peers who provided him with alcohol. The suit also alleges “wrongful death,” and repeatedly emphasizes that all of the defendants knew that Grant was under-21 at the time.
A native of Westchester and a sophomore at Boston College, Grant was visiting a friend at Skidmore on the weekend of March 6, 2011. After drinking heavily in a dorm, Grant and his friend left for a party at 146 Church St. According to the lawsuit, Grant allegedly told his friend “in sum or substance, that he was unable to care for himself,” to which the friend replied “expressly or implicitly” that he would care for him and guide him back to campus later.
Grant stayed at the party on Church St. until around 11pm, when he wandered off into the night, intoxicated and extremely disoriented. At approximately 1:30am, he broke into an office complex at 3 Care Lane, and then left, walking through the woods and falling into Putnam Creek, where he drowned.
The lawsuit names nine men: four who were roommates of Grant’s friend, four who resided at 146 Church St., and one who allegedly bought the alcohol. Of the nine, eight are current students at Skidmore. Last fall, District Attorney James A. Murphy III made the decision not to file criminal charges, and to grant immunity for minor crimes in exchange for information related to Grant’s death. The lawsuit, however, is a civil matter, and the Grants are seeking $5 million in damages and costs.
Read the lawsuit here.