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Family of N.J. girl who died in pancake-eating contest sues college



The mother of a Connecticut college student who choked to death on pancakes during an eating contest on campus last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the university.

Rosanne Nelson sued Sacred Heart University on Monday in Bridgeport state court on the death of her daughter, 20-year-old Caitlin Nelson, of Clark.

The lawsuit seeks an undisclosed amount of money and accuses the school of approving the answer in spite of the dangers and failing to provide adequate medical personnel.

Officials at the Catholic university in Fairfield declined to comment.

Caitlin Nelson was a junior social work major whose father, police officer James Nelson, was killed in the Sept. 11 attacks in Manhattan. She died at a New York City hospital three days after participating in the eating contest.

A mass was held following its death at the campus that was attended and the university's flag was flown at half mast.


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