Parents of Case student killed in plane crash file wrongful death lawsuit

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CLEVELAND– The parents of a Case Western Reserve University student who was killed in a plane crash last year have filed a wrongful death suit in the case.

Abraham Pishevar II, 18, from Rockville, Maryland, died on the first day of classes in August 2014 when the plane he was in with three other students crashed while taking off from the Cuyahoga County Airport.

The other students who died were the pilot, William Felten, 19, of Michigan; John Hill, 18, of Georgia; and Lucas Marcelli, 20, of Massillon.

Investigators say the students were on a sightseeing tour and two, including Pishevar, were trying to get into the Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity.

The lawsuit was filed last week in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court by Pishevar’s parents, Afshin Pishevar and Zahra Mohebbi, both of Maryland.  It names the fraternity, the T & G Flying Club, the pilot and the plane’s owner as defendants.

Felton received his private pilot license in Michigan and rented the plane from T & G Flying Club.

The Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity released the following statement:

“The Fraternity continues to mourn the tragic loss of life resulting from this accident.  However, the claims made against the Fraternity in this lawsuit are wholly meritless and the Fraternity intends to vigorously defend those claims. Out of respect for the victims and due to the pending litigation, the Fraternity will have no further comment on this matter.”

We contacted the ‘T & G Flying Club’ but no one returned our calls for a comment.

The plaintiffs are demanding a jury trial, but no date has been set.

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