Apr 2, 2007 5:15 pm US/Pacific
No Charges In Water Intoxication Death
The Sacramento County District Attorney has announced that no charges will be filed in the death of 28-year-old Jennifer Strange.
Strange died on Jaunary 12, 2007 after participating in a radio station contest called "Hold Your Wii" by the KDND-FM's "Morning Rave" disc jockeys. The contestant who could drink the most water and go the longest without going to the bathroom or throwing up would win a Nintento Wii.
In a press release today, the District Attorney said: "The facts and circumstances of this ill-fated event do not support the filing of criminal charges against the radio station or any of its employees. Based on the evidence, no duty or special relationship existed or was created between the radio station and/or its employees and Jennifer Strange because of the contest. Finally, and most importantly in our decision not to file involuntary manslaughter charges, there were no observable indications or symptoms that Jennifer Strange was experiencing a serious medical emergency which would have required station employees to seek or administer medical aid to her."
Strange eventually relented and accepted the second-place prize, tickets to a Justin Timberlake concert.
Other contestants on the show said Strange ingested up to two gallons of water. She was interviewed several hours into the program, saying she looked pregnant because her belly was swollen with water and complaining that her head hurt.
Her mother, Nina Hulst, found her dead several hours later at the family's home in Rancho Cordova, a Sacramento suburb.
The family of Strange has filed a wrongful death lawsuit naming as defendants KDND's parent company, Entercom/Sacramento, the on-air talent who hosted the contest, as well as employees and managers who organized, promoted and participated in the contest. Among those named are Adam Cox, Steve Maney, Patricia Sweet and Matt Carter, identified by the family's attorneys as the show's disc jockeys.
The Sacramento-area station fired 10 employees after Strange's death.
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