URI Settles Lawsuit With Family of Athlete Who Died During Training


A wrongful death lawsuit brought against the University of Rhode Island after a student athlete died during training in 2011 has been settled.

Joseph P. Ciancola III, of Orange, was a URI baseball player who collapsed during "strength and conditioning" training. Three days after the collapse Ciancola died in the hospital at 20 years old.

Michele Ciancola, the man's mother, brought a wrongful death lawsuit against the university late 2012. 

URI settled the lawsuit on Friday, Jan. 8, before going to court by paying the family $1.45 million. 

Ciancola's lawyer said in addition to the settlement that the university will sponsor a scholarship in Joe Ciancola's name. 

"Joe was, and with this scholarship, will continue to be part of the University of Rhode Island Athletics family," URI's athletic director, Thorr Bjorn, said. 

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