University Sued After 20-Year Old’s Death in Pancake-Eating Contest

There is obviously more to university life than just attending lectures. Many students decide to join different clubs and societies with the purpose of mingling with their peers and finding their true purpose in life -- namely through Greek organizations. 

One important phase of Greek life is their paramount interest in charity events for the sole purpose of raising money for the poor and needy. However, a charity event at a local university took a disastrous turn when a female student choked to death while partaking in a pancake eating contest.

How the Incident Happened

On March 30, 2017, 20-year-old Caitlin Nelson took her last breath when she began choking and shaking uncontrollably minutes after the pancake-eating contest began.

When she started choking at the competition, two nursing students promptly began lifesaving measures and were later joined by Fairfield police officers and paramedics. She was taken to a New York City Hospital where she died three days after taking part in the eating competition.

Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara told the press later that Caitlin’s death was caused by the lack of oxygen she suffered while being choked from eating the pancake.

Caitlin’s mother has now filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Sacred Heart University. Rosanne Nelson said she is filing the lawsuit to bring up awareness about how dangerous amateur eating contests can be to help prevent other families from having to endure the same tragedy.

The lawsuit filed by the victim’s mother insists that the university is responsible for the death of Nelson as the event was authorized by the university and also that the university failed to have the ‘adequate and appropriate medical care’ at the event. The Nelson’s family is suing for damages at the amount of $15 000.

Caitlin Nelson was Selfless

Nelson had planned to obtain a master of social work upon graduating from the university, and even at the time of her death, she was the vice president of her Kappa Delta sorority’s community service group at the university. Outside of school, she was either engaging in social works or volunteering at nonprofit organizations. She was termed as being selfless and always wore a smile.