PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Opening statements have been postponed in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the parents of a college student who was crushed by a bus used for a pub crawl.

Francis Marx V, a senior at Fairfield University in Connecticut, was killed May 20, 2004, when he either fell or was pushed beneath a bus carrying University of Rhode Island students on a pub crawl in Newport.

Marx was out with friends after attending a formal dance at one of the city’s mansions. Police say he became involved in a confrontation with a group of URI students.

His family is suing two people who allegedly scuffled with Marx. No criminal charges were filed.

The trial was to have started Wednesday but was postponed because of a sick juror. It will now begin Thursday.


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