The family of a US man who fell to his death from a fourth-floor window after a fight while playing beer pong has been awarded over $21 million in a lawsuit filed against three other players.
The Connecticut Post reported on Monday that a jury ruled in favour of the family of Salomon Martinez, 24, a married father from Connecticut, Stratford.
Authorities say Martinez went to an apartment in January 2013 to play the drinking game.
Police say a fight erupted after two men lost a $10 bet and accused Martinez of cheating.
Martinez was chased up the stairs and locked himself in a child’s bedroom. He was later found dead on the cement sidewalk.
It’s unclear exactly how he fell from the window and whether he was pushed or not.
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Two of the other men pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
One man testified that by the time he got in the bedroom, Martinez was already gone.
Martinez had suffered broken legs, a fractured skull and organ damage. He left behind a seven-year-old daughter.
Matthew Chandler and Kyle Gonzalez, both 23 at the time of sentencing last year, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, The Metro reports.
Chandler was sentenced to 10 years in prison and Gonzalez was handed a 15-year sentence.
A third person in the case, Stephanie Dwyer, fled the state following the incident and is believed to be living in Florida.
All three have been ordered to pay the money.