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Family sues after father dies in taco eating contest at baseball game

The son of a California man who choked to death in an amateur taco contest in a minor league baseball game is suing event organizers for negligence.

The lawsuit filed on Monday by Marshall Hutchings, 18, alleges his father, Dana Hutchings, was not made aware of the risks and danger of a catering competition, the Fresno Bee reported.

The 41-year-old died after choking on tacos while competing in a Fresno Grizzlies game on August 13, 2019. Participants competed to devour as many tacos as possible for a period of time .

The costume names Fresno Sports and Events, the owner of the Grizzlies.

“We will not be making any public comment,” Grizzlies president Derek Frank said in an email.

Competitive nutrition sports professionals train and prepare physically to participate, Hutchings attorney Martin Taleisnik said.

“But that’s not always present in an amateur catering competition,” Taleisnik said. “The drivers of this event should have made the competitors aware of the risks and taken steps to protect them.”


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