BRIDGEPORT, CT – Lawyers for Sacred Heart University submitted documents in Connecticut Superior Court Tuesday denying any wrongdoing by the school in the death of Clark’s Caitlin Nelson in 2017.

Nelson’s mother Roseanne filed suit against the university in late 2018 claiming the school held responsibility in the death of her daughter.  The lawsuit says the university sanctioned the pancake eating contest without research or consideration of the danger to students, did not give proper oversight and failed to provide enough medical responders.

Caitlin Nelson was 20 years old at the time of her death.  She died just days after choking during the eating contest on campus.  A park  is currently under contruction in Clark in memory of Caitlin Nelson.  She was the daughter of Officer James Nelson, the only Clark resident to die as a result of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York.   

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