Jury Awards Family of Jennifer Strange $16 Million
The family of Jennifer Strange will be awarded more than $16 million in the wrongful death lawsuit filed after Strange’s death in 2007. The mother of three died shortly after participating in a local radio station’s “Hold Your Wee for a Wii” contest in which contestants drank as much water as they could without going to the bathroom in a three hour period.
Strange died of water intoxication after she drank more than a dozen bottles of water in less than three hours in the competition held by KDND, 107.9 The End, owned and operated by Entercom. The lawsuit named eight employees of Entercom as defendants, including John Geary, Steve Weed, Robin Pechota and Liz Dial, Adam Cox, Steve Maney, Patricia Sweet and Matt Carter
The jury found neither Entercom nor Strange negligent in the case. The jury did award Strange’s family a financial sum. Economic damages awarded to the plaintiffs; Strange’s husband, William Strange, their two children, and Ronald Sims, the father and guardian and Strange’s eldest child, total $1.5 million. Non-economic damages total $15.1 million. The family will receive a total of $16,577,118.
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