New Jersey woman sues UMass over son’s fatal drug overdose

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — The mother of a University of Massachusetts Amherst student who died of a heroin overdose has filed a $6 million lawsuit against the school and another student charged with selling her son the drugs.

Francesca Sinacori’s suit filed last month seeks $5 million from the university for breach of contract, and $1 million from the other student for wrongful death.

Twenty-year-old Eric Sinacori, of Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, was found dead in his off-campus apartment in October 2013. He was an informant for campus police at the time after police agreed not to press drug charges if he cooperated with them.

The suit says the university violated Francesca Sinacori’s right to be informed of her son’s illicit drug activity.

A university spokesman didn’t immediately respond Thursday to a request for comment.

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