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California man sues after father dies during taco eating contest


A California man has filed a lawsuit against the organizers of a minor league baseball game after his father choked to death during a taco eating contest at the event, The Associated Press reported Monday.

Eighteen-year-old Marshall Hutchings filed the negligence suit on Monday, almost two years after his father, Dana Hutchings, died on Aug. 13, 2019, at the Fresno Grizzlies game.

Marshall Hutchings alleged his father was not given warning about the potential dangers of participating in the contest, which involved eating as many tacos as possible during a set time.

The contest was the first of its kind that Dana Hutchings had ever participated in, the Fresno Bee reported. He was 41 at the time of his death.

Marshall Hutchings is now seeking monetary damages of an unknown amount from the Fresno Sports and Events LLC, the owner of the Grizzlies, over his father’s death.

Grizzlies President Derek Frank declined to comment to The Associated Press, while Fresno Sports and Events LLC declined to comment to The Hill.

Updated at 2:49 p.m.

Tags Competitive eating Dana Hutchings Fresno Grizzlies Grizzlies Marshall Hutchings Minor league baseball teams Sports entertainment taco eating contest

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