The defendant, Oscar Whitlock, students at the The University of Denver and person in the Beta Theta Pi experienced a major accident while attempting a flip on the fraternity house's trampoline in leading yard and was rendered a quadriplegic. Whitlock had attended a celebration at the house the night time before and have been drinking extensively therefore woke up your day of the crash and jumped on the trampoline that afternoon. The automobile accident occurred at 10:00pm on June 19, 1978 throughout a party where Whitlock have been drinking and as a result of this was inebriated at the time. During the crash, the trampoline was dimly lit by light from the house's home windows and two street lights. Whitlock was the home supervisor of the Beta fraternity and had considerable trampoline encounter, having employed trampolines at West Stage briefly and had accomplished the flip practically 100 times before. The home was on the university's campus, possessed by the university and leased by the fraternity chapter. Whitlock attempted a one and three quarters front flip and landed on the trunk of his head, breaking his throat. Whitlock then brought fit against the trampoline manufacturer, vendor, fraternity and localized chapter, certain people representing the fraternity, in addition to the University of Denver. Whitlock reached settlements challenging parties except the university and visited trial with the university. Whitlock sued the University of Denver for negligent inability to do something and sought a claim for $7.3 million.