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Family plaintiff after man from California dies in taco-eating contest



FRESNO, Calif. – Son of a California man who suffocated to death during an amateur taco-eating contest at a minor baseball game is suing the event’s organizers for negligence.

Eighteen-year-old Marshall Hutchings’ lawsuit filed Monday claims his father, Dana Hutchings, was not made aware of the risks and dangers associated with a food contest, Fresno Bee reported.

The 41-year-old died after suffocation in tacos while competing in the competition during a Fresno Grizzlies game on August 13, 2019. Participants competed to consume as many tacos as possible over a period of time.

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

“We are not making any public comments,”

; Grizzlies President Derek Frank said in an email.

Professionals in the sport of competitive dining train and get physically ready to participate, said Hutching’s lawyer Martin Taleisnik.

“But it is not always present in an amateur competition,” said Taleisnik. “The organizers of this event should have made the risks known to competitors and taken steps to protect them.”


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