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SACRAMENTO, California -- Prosecutors said they will not
file criminal charges in the death of a 28-year-old woman who
participated in a radio station's water-drinking contest.
The district attorney's office said the behavior of staff at
station KDND-FM did not rise to the level of criminal activity.
"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,"
the district attorney's office said in a statement.
Strange died Jan. 12 after taking part in an on-air contest to see
which contestant could drink the most water without having to go to
the restroom. The coroner's office ruled Strange died of water
At one point during the contest, a listener who identified herself
as a nurse called "The Morning Rave" program to warn the disc jockeys
the stunt could be fatal, according to an audio tape of the
"Yeah, we're aware of that," one of the DJs responded.
Another DJ laughed: "Yeah, they signed releases, so we're not
responsible. We're OK."
Strange's family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the
station, which fired 10 employees following the death.
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