A Texas State University student was hospitalized and treated for a fractured skull and traumatic brain injury after members of a campus fraternity attacked him and brutally beat him. Witnesses say that the beating was the result of mistaken identity. Nikolas Panagiotopoulos has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the fraternity, and two fraternity members have been charged with aggravated assault. The fraternity has been suspended.
Mr. Panagiotopoulos’ traumatic brain injury was the result of an incident that occurred in the early morning hours of October 27th. He was apparently attacked by members of Pi Kappa Phi outside of their fraternity house after they mistakenly believed that he was a member of a rival fraternity. The attackers later posted remarks on the social media platform that they had put
“two Phi Psis in the hospital or jail.” The victim is not a member of any fraternity.
Despite Witness Attempts At Intervention, Assault Leads to Fractured Skull and Traumatic Brain Injury
According to witnesses to the altercation, Mr. Panagiotopoulos’ traumatic brain injury came after Peter Piralla, Kevin Anthony Ayala Jimenez and Josue Jimenez began taunting him and he tried to flee. Though many called to the group to stop and tried to intervene, the trio pursued him, beating and kicking him. Two of the three have been arrested and more warrants are expected. The personal injury lawsuit Mr. Panagiotopoulos has filed seeks more than $1 million in damages, and blames the fraternity for cultivating a culture “that encouraged drinking, bullying, and violence.” Texas State University has not been named as a defendant in the lawsuit, and upon learning of the situation the school took immediate action to suspend the fraternity from being able to operate its chapter on the campus.