Family Sues Baseball Team After Dad Dies Taco Eating Contest | 22 Words

After a father tragically died at a Taco Eating Contest, his family is now suing the baseball team that organized the event...

And the sad story has certainly created a divide in opinion online.


Here's the full story...

‚ÄčThis tragic event unfolded in¬†Chukchansi Park, California, on August 13th, 2019...

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And forty-one-year-old Dana Hutchings took part in a taco eating contest that was held during a Fresno Grizzlies baseball game.

The competition required people to eat as many tacos as possible in a certain amount of time...


But just a few minutes into the competition, Dana collapsed and stopped breathing.

Staff at the park immediately began cardiopulmonary resuscitation by using an automated external defibrillator and called 911...


But it was all to little avail as shortly after arriving at the Community Regional Medical Center, Dana was tragically pronounced dead.

The Fresno County Coroner's Office confirmed Dana died from choking...


And his mouth was full of chewed and unchewed tacos that obstructed his respiratory system, according to The Fresno Bee.

Witnesses at the taco-eating event said Dana appeared to be eating his food much quicker than the other participants...


With baseball fan Eric Schmidt recalling to The Independent:

"He said he was going to enter a taco eating contest and has been not eating all day to make himself a winner. I mean, he was hungry, you could tell. He was winning."

It was clearly a very tragic accident...

But now, almost 2 years on, Dana's eighteen-year-old son is wanting to sue the Fresno Grizzlies baseball team who held the event for his father's death.

This news hasn't gone down well with the internet, however...


And many have insisted that Dana's death isn't the fault of the baseball team.

Dana's son, Marshall Hutchings, has alleged that his dad was "not made aware of the risks and dangers involved in the eating competition" that ultimately caused his death.

In a lawsuit filed on Monday, April 5, Marshall sued Fresno Sports and Events - the owner of the Grizzlies - for negligence and wrongful death.

He is also asking a judge to award him major damages.

Marshall's attorney, Martin Taleisnik, has noted that professionals who take part in competitive eating typically train and make themselves physically ready before taking part in a competition...


But "that is not always present in an amateur eating contest."

The grieving son is arguing that Fresno Sports and Events did not have the competence or experience to safely hold an eating competition with novices...

And that members of the public who are not familiar with the contests are not equipped to compete safely.

Taleisnik told NBC News:

"The conductors of this event should have made the risks known to the competitors and taken steps to protect them."

What do you think about this tragic story?


Do you think Dana's family is right to sue the baseball team? Or do you think it was - very sadly - just an accident that was at the fault of nobody?

Rest in Peace, Dana.