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Parents blame Polar Bear Plunge for daughter's 2009 death, sue 19 people involved
NJ.com ^ | Saturday, February 12, 2011 | AP

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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WOW. Just WOW!


1 posted on 02/12/2011 2:27:33 PM PST by Daffynition
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To: Anoreth

Here’s something you’d want to not do if you go back to Cape May.


2 posted on 02/12/2011 2:32:26 PM PST by Tax-chick (All that, plus a real-meat cheezburger and wine.)
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To: Daffynition

I’ve worked in Purdhoe Bay the last two years. If I go back I’m joining the Artic Swimming Team... LOL


3 posted on 02/12/2011 2:32:39 PM PST by El Laton Caliente (NRA Life Member & www.Gunsnet.net Moderator)
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To: Daffynition

This lawsuit will not bring their daughter back.


4 posted on 02/12/2011 2:32:54 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Daffynition
"Hottenstein did not participate in the afternoon plunge that Saturday, but stayed in the resort community that night with friends."

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?

5 posted on 02/12/2011 2:34:20 PM PST by NoGrayZone (Hell really is a bottomless pit of fire.)
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To: Daffynition

Who would think jumping in near freezing water would be bad for you?


6 posted on 02/12/2011 2:34:41 PM PST by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: Daffynition

Why don’t sue themselves for raising a daughter that didn’t have the sense to not go into ice cold water?


7 posted on 02/12/2011 2:34:51 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Daffynition

So it’s New Jersey’s fault that she got hypothermia plunging undressed into the winter ocean???


8 posted on 02/12/2011 2:34:51 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: Daffynition

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.


9 posted on 02/12/2011 2:35:36 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (Character is defined by how we treat those who society says have no value.)
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To: Yaelle

Could have been that, a heart arrhythmia from the shock, a blood clot, or a host of other problems.


10 posted on 02/12/2011 2:36:08 PM PST by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: Daffynition

When I think of the doc who pronounced her dead I get a chilling vision of pure, dripping EEEEEVIL!


11 posted on 02/12/2011 2:37:14 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder ("Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking" - Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: Daffynition

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?


12 posted on 02/12/2011 2:37:14 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: BenLurkin
This lawsuit will not bring their daughter back.

But it will prevent any future events such as that wherever they may have been held...........ridiculous unintended consequences.

13 posted on 02/12/2011 2:37:24 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Oh Magoo, you've done it again.....)
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To: Daffynition

A product of poor parenting.

The article does not state how old she was at the time of her self destructive behavior.


14 posted on 02/12/2011 2:38:01 PM PST by sodpoodle (Despair; man's surrender. Laughter; God 's redemption.)
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To: Daffynition
Also named is the hospital where she died and the doctor who pronounced her dead, as well as the Sea Isle City Police Department

Good grief.

15 posted on 02/12/2011 2:38:59 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: Daffynition
Wow is right- and here's the money quote:

"Hottenstein did not participate in the afternoon plunge that Saturday, but stayed in the resort community that night with friends."

16 posted on 02/12/2011 2:39:59 PM PST by John Valentine
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To: sodpoodle

The article says 35. Yes 35 years old.


17 posted on 02/12/2011 2:40:07 PM PST by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: Daffynition

They sued everyone but the sand.


18 posted on 02/12/2011 2:40:18 PM PST by shadowcat
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To: Daffynition

Tort reform now.


19 posted on 02/12/2011 2:41:30 PM PST by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Daffynition
"The 35-year-old's body was found about six hours later a half-mile away."

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.

20 posted on 02/12/2011 2:42:15 PM PST by NoGrayZone (Hell really is a bottomless pit of fire.)
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To: Daffynition

Hottenstein? Hypothermia? Polar bears??

The polar bears would like to know, where do these people *come* from???


21 posted on 02/12/2011 2:43:16 PM PST by Hardraade (I want gigaton warheads now!!)
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To: Secret Agent Man

http://justsnarky.blogspot.com/2009/02/did-someone-slip-tracy-hottenstein.html

She was a 35 year-old pharmacist.


22 posted on 02/12/2011 2:43:24 PM PST by sodpoodle (Despair; man's surrender. Laughter; God 's redemption.)
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To: FormerACLUmember
Scanderhoovian surnames sometimes mean you can go into that intensely cold winter water, pass out, have your heart stop beating, and yet you can be pulled out, thawed, warmed up and sent on your way in weeks.

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

23 posted on 02/12/2011 2:43:46 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: sodpoodle

35. There are articles below that one...the 1st one states her age.


24 posted on 02/12/2011 2:44:16 PM PST by NoGrayZone (Hell really is a bottomless pit of fire.)
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To: BenLurkin
They should have named Darwin in the law suits!


25 posted on 02/12/2011 2:45:05 PM PST by Daffynition ( Live EACH DAY as if it were your last, but EXPECT that there still may be a tomorrow.)
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To: LukeL

Thx;)

Apparently, the parents have been put in touch with John Edwards.


26 posted on 02/12/2011 2:45:59 PM PST by sodpoodle (Despair; man's surrender. Laughter; God 's redemption.)
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To: Daffynition

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.


27 posted on 02/12/2011 2:47:23 PM PST by Datom
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To: Secret Agent Man
'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?'

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.

28 posted on 02/12/2011 2:47:43 PM PST by NoGrayZone (Hell really is a bottomless pit of fire.)
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To: Daffynition; Slings and Arrows
What? They're not gonna sue the guy she handed her beer to and said:
Hey! Hold my beer and watch this.
29 posted on 02/12/2011 2:48:35 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Daffynition

Tracy Hottenstein was found dead in Sea Isle City the weekend of the Polar Plunge in 2009.


30 posted on 02/12/2011 2:49:29 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

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. =)


31 posted on 02/12/2011 2:51:15 PM PST by NoGrayZone (Hell really is a bottomless pit of fire.)
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To: Daffynition

They should also sue algore. If he wasn’t trying to prevent Global Warming, the water temperatures would have been higher.


32 posted on 02/12/2011 2:51:37 PM PST by Sapper26 (Political Refugee From the Obamanation)
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To: BenLurkin

It’s about the money.


33 posted on 02/12/2011 2:54:42 PM PST by ReverendJames (Only A Painter Or A Liberal Can Change Black To White)
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To: Fiddlstix

They should try O.J.Simpson too.


34 posted on 02/12/2011 2:56:19 PM PST by sodpoodle (Despair; man's surrender. Laughter; God 's redemption.)
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To: shadowcat
They sued everyone but the sand.

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?

35 posted on 02/12/2011 2:56:19 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: NoGrayZone

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?


36 posted on 02/12/2011 2:56:43 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: shadowcat

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.


37 posted on 02/12/2011 2:57:26 PM PST by ReverendJames (Only A Painter Or A Liberal Can Change Black To White)
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To: Secret Agent Man
The link to the news article at the time of her death makes clear she was no kid...she was 35 years old!
38 posted on 02/12/2011 2:59:32 PM PST by top 2 toe red (Not supporting a corrupt, Marxist, Socialist President makes me a racist?!? Then a racist I am!!!)
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To: Daffynition

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.


39 posted on 02/12/2011 2:59:40 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: shadowcat

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.


40 posted on 02/12/2011 2:59:44 PM PST by 240B (he is doing everything he said he wouldn't and not doing what he said he would)
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To: Daffynition

These parents should become national examples of some of the top ten reasons this country is going down the tubes.


41 posted on 02/12/2011 3:01:56 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: Secret Agent Man

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.


42 posted on 02/12/2011 3:02:23 PM PST by NoGrayZone (Hell really is a bottomless pit of fire.)
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To: LukeL

Exactly...what ever happened to individual responsibility. Stupidity shouldn’t be a cause of action.


43 posted on 02/12/2011 3:06:24 PM PST by The Unknown Republican
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To: LukeL
Gives all polar bears a bad wrap.


44 posted on 02/12/2011 3:20:11 PM PST by Daffynition ( Live EACH DAY as if it were your last, but EXPECT that there still may be a tomorrow.)
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To: JoeProBono; Lazmataz

We’re in trouble if Laz would hit it. ;(


45 posted on 02/12/2011 3:22:19 PM PST by Daffynition ( Live EACH DAY as if it were your last, but EXPECT that there still may be a tomorrow.)
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To: NoGrayZone

46 posted on 02/12/2011 3:26:26 PM PST by Daffynition ( Live EACH DAY as if it were your last, but EXPECT that there still may be a tomorrow.)
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To: Daffynition

No, you can’t fix stupid, but it can sure as heck fix you!


47 posted on 02/12/2011 3:29:25 PM PST by NoGrayZone (Hell really is a bottomless pit of fire.)
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To: Daffynition

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.


48 posted on 02/12/2011 3:32:44 PM PST by NoGrayZone (Hell really is a bottomless pit of fire. Which side of the line are you going to choose?)
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To: NoGrayZone; JoeProBono

Probono has that image.


49 posted on 02/12/2011 3:36:05 PM PST by Daffynition ( Live EACH DAY as if it were your last, but EXPECT that there still may be a tomorrow.)
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To: Daffynition

So who was the friend she was with? Was there foul play?
What political party do the “victim”s parents belong to?


50 posted on 02/12/2011 3:38:44 PM PST by rolling_stone ( *this makes Watergate look like a kiddie pool*)
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