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Senator tells loan companies forcing parents to pay dead son’s student loan to back off

More than two years after their son was killed by a drunk driver in Boston, two loan companies are hounding the parents of the late Andrew Prior over a student loan, according to Senator Chuck Schumer.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – More than two years after their son was killed by a drunk driver in Boston, two loan companies are hounding the parents of the late Andrew Prior over a student loan, according to Senator Chuck Schumer.

On Wednesday, Schumer is demanding that the two companies overseeing the Syracuse native’s loans – American Education Services and Education Investment Finance Corporation – forgive the debt.

Both companies are overseeing one loan, which they are compelling David and Rose Prior to pay.

The Senator’s office says that while it is common practice for Federal loans to be forgiven, private loan holders do not have the same requirements.

Andrew Prior was a Bishop Grimes graduate. He was 23 and living in Boston after graduating from Northeastern University when he was struck by a car driven by 25-year-old Colin Ratiu while riding a scooter.

Ratiu was sentenced to five years behind bars in December 2011.

On Wednesday, Schumer publicly called on the companies to forgive the debt at a press event in Syracuse.

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