Skip to comments.Parents blame Polar Bear Plunge for daughter's 2009 death, sue 19 people involved
Posted on 02/12/2011 2:27:29 PM PST by Daffynition
SEA ISLE CITY The parents of a Pennsylvania woman who died shortly after attending a "Polar Bear Plunge" charity event in southern New Jersey two years ago have sued the city where it was held and the group that organized it.
Also among the 19 defendants in the federal lawsuit brought this week by Tracy Hottenstein's parents are the owners of two bars she was at on the night she died and the couple who invited her to dinner at their home that evening. Also named is the hospital where she died and the doctor who pronounced her dead, as well as the Sea Isle City Police Department and individual officers who the suit claims did not allow rescue workers to perform lifesaving treatment for hypothermia after they discovered Hottenstein had no pulse.
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Here’s something you’d want to not do if you go back to Cape May.
I’ve worked in Purdhoe Bay the last two years. If I go back I’m joining the Artic Swimming Team... LOL
This lawsuit will not bring their daughter back.
Then whats the problem? Their daughter got drunk and either dove into the water, or fell in. What does this have to do with the event?
Who would think jumping in near freezing water would be bad for you?
Why don’t sue themselves for raising a daughter that didn’t have the sense to not go into ice cold water?
So it’s New Jersey’s fault that she got hypothermia plunging undressed into the winter ocean???
Loser pays. Any sympathy I might have for the parents is neutralized by this loathesome suit.
Their idiot daughter was a Darwin Award winner and future case on cable’s “1000 ways to Die” show.
I especially like the claim against the ER doctor who declared her dead.
Could have been that, a heart arrhythmia from the shock, a blood clot, or a host of other problems.
When I think of the doc who pronounced her dead I get a chilling vision of pure, dripping EEEEEVIL!
I just gotta ask, what percentage of fault do the parents ascribe to their daughter for deciding to voluntarily take part in the Polar Bear Plunge?
What percentage of the blame did the parents place on themselves for not being smart enough to stop their daughter from taking part in this event?
So whatever this kid did, if anything bad ever happened to her, it would always be someone else’s fault? She’s never responsible for anything that happens to her, ever?
But it will prevent any future events such as that wherever they may have been held...........ridiculous unintended consequences.
A product of poor parenting.
The article does not state how old she was at the time of her self destructive behavior.
"Hottenstein did not participate in the afternoon plunge that Saturday, but stayed in the resort community that night with friends."
The article says 35. Yes 35 years old.
They sued everyone but the sand.
Tort reform now.
When I first read the story, I thought she was an underage drinker (hence them suing the bars and "encouraging drinking").
Then I went to another story linked below that one to find out she was 35.....AN ADULT!.
The parents should have NO LEGAL STANDING for a 35 year old WOMAN....ADULT, for ANY stupidity she enacted to cause her own death.
Hottenstein? Hypothermia? Polar bears??
The polar bears would like to know, where do these people *come* from???
She was a 35 year-old pharmacist.
It'd be a shame to find some ignant local getting in the way of parties knowledgeable in that fact.
If assistance was denied then maslaughter charges are in order.
Not everyone dies when they appear to have crowned doggone it. Wish all these Souvrnr's'd figure that out
35. There are articles below that one...the 1st one states her age.
Apparently, the parents have been put in touch with John Edwards.
Makes you wonder if these parents are looking for so called justice or how much money they can fill their pockets with to ease their pain. I feel sad that this woman lost her life but I do believe in personal responsibility. Besides we all know it was Bush’s fault.
That's the thing...she DIDN'T take part. She went out and got drunk and apparently either dove off the pier or fell off in the wee morning hours....after the event.
Tracy Hottenstein was found dead in Sea Isle City the weekend of the Polar Plunge in 2009.
Looks like she either had crowns and or veneers. I know, nothing to do with the story, just the 1st thing I noticed from the pic. =)
They should also sue algore. If he wasn’t trying to prevent Global Warming, the water temperatures would have been higher.
It’s about the money.
They should try O.J.Simpson too.
Yeah... I don't get why they think they have an ice-cube's chance in h*ll with suing the event. She didn't go to the polar bear swim. Hey, I hear there are two fast food places and a gas station she did not go to that day either, why not sue them too?
Everything she did do that night however was her choice.
How is it everyone else’s fault though? ANd still how is it not the parents’ fault for not stopping her from getting stinking drunk and going out to the pier and falling in?
Forgot about the cold water which belongs to the NJ shoreline; therefore the state should be sued for having extremely cold water available where some lunatic just might want to go swimming in winter.
For heaven’s sake, the woman was 35 years old! If you haven’t gotten smart enough to not drink yourself into a coma by then, then you will probably not live to a ripe old age anyway.
They forgot to sue the ocean, the Coast Guard, the Boy Scouts, Lady Gaga, Oprah, and God. But I’m sure they’ll get around to it.
Man! I’m glad they don’t know me. If I were a friend, neighbor, or coworker with anyone in this family, I would move.
Stay the hell away from them.
These parents should become national examples of some of the top ten reasons this country is going down the tubes.
Yes, it was her choice and her parents had no say because SHE WAS A 35 YEAR OLD ADULT!!
It’s a sad story, but one of her own making. No one to blame but herself.
I think the parents are just trying to get as much money as possible out of this. Perhaps they are in foreclosure, or underwater, as is 1/2 the country and are just trying to find a disgusting way out of their own mess.
I’d like to know more about the parents financial situation.
Exactly...what ever happened to individual responsibility. Stupidity shouldn’t be a cause of action.
We’re in trouble if Laz would hit it. ;(
No, you can’t fix stupid, but it can sure as heck fix you!
Reminds me of the idiot who went into the polar bears grounds at some zoo “to hug him”....and got mauled.
Stupid is as stupid does.
Probono has that image.
So who was the friend she was with? Was there foul play?
What political party do the “victim”s parents belong to?
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