Pancake-eating contest ends in tragedy at Sacred Heart

She was from Clark, New Jersey, and was majoring in social work at the Catholic school in Fairfield. Police say Caitlin Nelson died at a New York City hospital on Sunday, three days after participating in the contest at Sacred Heart University.

— A pancake-eating contest at Sacred Heart University ended in tragedy. HARTFORD, Conn.

Report an error

She was moved to a New York hospital on Friday. Fairfield police say nursing students and first responders performed lifesaving measures, and Nelson was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Students remembered Nelson during a candlelight vigil on campus Sunday.

Her father, James, was a Port Authority police officer who died on 9-11.

Print this story

A 20-year-old student whose father was killed in the Sept. 11 attacks died after choking during what was supposed to be a light-hearted event.

Officials say the contest was part of a fraternities and sororities event.

Change text size for the story