Calamity struck last night at the ballpark at when the man conducting a taco eating championship abruptly choked and died.
The Grizzlies have since canceled a Saturday scheduled professional taco-eating championship. The remainder of the Taco Truck Throwdown events this weekend will go on, as slated. Dana Andrew Hutchings adored sports and having fun, thereby a taco eating contest in the height of a Fresno Grizzlies game appeared like the ideal combo for him. Those tacos would be his final meal. “He apparently began to choke, so Fresno Grizzlies medical staff rushed over, started to give him first aid and then turned him over to American Ambulance,” stated Tony Botti with the coroner’s office and Fresno County sheriff’s. Paramedics attempted to clear food out of Hutchings’ airway, however he perished less than 30 minutes later.
“He said he was going to enter a taco eating contest and has been not eating all day to make himself a winner,” noted Eric Schmidt, a fellow fan. When the contest arrived up on the Jumbotron, Hutchings’ strategy of delaying eating until the contest seemed to at first work. “He was winning,” Schmidt claimed. “I mean, he was hungry, you could tell. My son and I were standing there like ‘oh, there’s the guy.’ And he was winning because he was starving.” However, then he ceased eating. Schmidt witnessed him try to chew a bit more and then the large video screen went dark. He desperately watched paramedics working on Hutchings, and caught wind later they could not save him. The deceased’s medical history will be part of the county coroner’s probe. “Everybody’s saying he was choking on food, so we have that as a starting point,” Botti said.
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