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The mother of a 20-year-old Sacred Heart University student who died after taking part in a school-sanctioned pancake-eating contest in March 2017 has sued the university, arguing the contest was a “terribly dangerous idea.”

The lawsuit, which was filed Monday in Bridgeport Superior Court and seeks unspecified monetary damages, said Caitlin Nelson’s death was “as foreseeable as it was horrific.” The 12-page lawsuit, which goes into lengthy detail about the hazards of having pancake-eating contests, said the aspiring social worker died when a glob of pancake paste filled her airway.

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Robert Storace

Robert Storace covers legal trends, lawsuits and analysis for the Connecticut Law Tribune. Follow him on Twitter @RobertSCTLaw or reach him at 203-437-5950.

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