Sacred Heart University Settles Suit Over Students Death in Pancake-Eating Contest

Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland. September 11, 2019. A banner advertising the Sacred Heart University campus with its connection to Connecticut USA.


A college student in Connecticut died after a pancake-eating contest.

Now, Sacred Heart University has settled the lawsuit surrounding the choking death of 20-year-old Caitlin Nelson, who was a junior and member of the Kappa Delta sorority.

“She starts to choke on a pancake and someone recognized it — one of the nursing students at the competition — and she caught her and brought her slowly to the ground,” Fairfield police Lt. Robert Kalamaras told The New York Post after the incident.

Nelson was involved in the pancake-eating contest which was part of a fundraising event.

From FOX News:

Sacred Heart University in Fairfield agreed to undisclosed terms with the mother of Caitlin Nelson, a 20-year-old student who died days after the pancake-eating contest, which had been set up by a sorority to benefit Prevent Child Abuse America. Nelson, who was from New Jersey, began choking during the competition. Despite attempts at lifesaving measures from two nearby nursing students as well as police and paramedics, she later died.

Our deepest condolences go out to Nelson’s family and friends during this tragic and difficult time.

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