In November, we discussed the fatal accident that took place at a tailgating event before a football game between Yale and Harvard on the Yale campus. The tragedy occurred when the driver of a U-Haul truck drove through a tailgating area and collided into three women.
A 30-year-old Massachusetts woman was killed and two others sustained injuries in the accident, which left everyone questioning the safety protocol at tailgating events. Recently, it was reported that Yale responded to the criticism by tightening its policy for the pre-game partying.
Under the new policy, oversized vehicles, like the U-Haul involved in the accident, will not be allowed on university lots at athletic events, unless they are being operated by a pre-approved vendor.
Additionally, Yale officials said that kegs will no longer be allowed at university athletic events or functions, similar to the rules at other schools, including Princeton and Harvard. The driver of the U-Haul had reportedly been carrying kegs of beer to a fraternity-sponsored tailgating party.
Tailgating will also end at kickoff, and everyone will be required to vacate the tailgating areas. The university will also create an area designated for student tailgating where vehicles will not be permitted, it said.
Reportedly, an investigation is continuing into the fatal accident. It appears no criminal charges have been filed against the driver as of yet.
It is certainly possible that personal injury lawsuits will be brought by the people who were injured and the family of the woman who was killed. The university, the city of New Haven, the U-Haul company and the driver of the U-Haul are all potential defendants in a civil case.
Source: Boston Herald, “Yale tightens tailgating after Massachusetts woman dies in accident,” Jan. 20, 2012