HARTFORD, Conn. - A 20-year-old Connecticut college student has died after choking during a pancake-eating contest.
Police say Caitlin Nelson died at a New York City hospital on Sunday, three days after participating in the contest at Sacred Heart University. She was from Clark, New Jersey, and was majoring in social work at the Catholic school in Fairfield.
Officials say the contest was part of a fraternities and sororities event.
Fairfield police say nursing students and first responders performed lifesaving measures, and Nelson was taken to a hospital in critical condition. She was moved to a New York hospital on Friday.
Students remembered Nelson during a candlelight vigil on campus Sunday.
Her father, James, was a Port Authority police officer who was killed in the Sept. 11 attacks.
Love is something that is shared immensely throughout Eta Nu and felt so deeply between each one of our sisters - that in itself can conquer absolutely anything. Heaven has gained an incredibly selfless and beautiful angel today. Someone that has touched each one of us in the most incredible ways and we will never forget that. Caitlin, we love you forever and are so grateful to be able to say we have known you. ❤️