Participated in a taco eating competition and died: the organizer is sued

The legal complaint filed on Monday is for the death of Dana Andrew Hutchings, 41, on August 13, 2019. (PHOTO: MARÍA JOSÉ MARTÍNEZ / CUARTOSCURO)
The legal complaint filed on Monday is for the death of Dana Andrew Hutchings, 41, on August 13, 2019. (PHOTO: MARÍA JOSÉ MARTÍNEZ / CUARTOSCURO)

The son of a California man who drowned to death during an amateur taco-eating contest in 2019 is suing the event organizers for negligence.

The legal complaint filed on Monday is given by the death of Dana Andrew Hutchings, 41, on August 13, 2019.

The man choked on the Taco Truck Throwdown contest, described on his Facebook page as “The biggest taco party in the world” and which takes place in the city of Fresno, in the Central Valley of California.

The activity in which Hutchings died took place during the baseball game between the Grizzlies and the Memphis Redbirds, at Chukchansi Park in Fresno.

In August 2019, Grizzlies General Manager Derek Franks expressed his condolences to the Hutchings family after the fan's death and the team canceled the final of the taco eating contest.  (Photo: File)
In August 2019, Grizzlies General Manager Derek Franks expressed his condolences to the Hutchings family after the fan’s death and the team canceled the final of the taco eating contest. (Photo: File)

The lawsuit, filed by the victim’s son, Marshall Hutchings, 18, alleges that his father was not informed of the risks and dangers involved in a food contest.

Tony Botti, a spokesman for the Fresno Sheriff’s Office, said in August 2019 that Hutchings apparently began choking when he was participating in the competition and that Grizzlies medical personnel treated him.

“From Marshall’s perspective, this was a great loss for him,” said plaintiff attorney Maretin Taleisnik. to channel ABC-7. “It’s something that was totally unexpected.”

In August 2019, Grizzlies General Manager Derek Franks expressed his condolences to the Hutchings family after the fan’s death and the team canceled the final of the taco eating contest.

“The World Taco Eater Championship is canceled. We are devastated to learn that the fan passed away, ”Franks said in a statement.

The event generally brings together more than 30 taco trucks where attendees can participate in various contests.

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