Tuesday, 13 October 2009

[creative-radio] A radio contest gone very wrong



asks for $24 million to $34 million in water-death case

From Andy Furillo

One of the plaintiff's lawyers in the wrongful death lawsuit over a radio
station's fatal water drinking contest today asked jurors to award his
clients between $24.62 million and $34.45 million for the loss of the love,
comfort and support of <http://topics.sacbee.com/Jennifer+Lea+Strange/>
Jennifer Lea Strange.

"Understand the value of a mother," attorney
<http://topics.sacbee.com/Roger+A.+Dreyer/> Roger A. Dreyer told the
<http://topics.sacbee.com/Sacramento+Superior+Court/> Sacramento Superior
Court jury. "Understand and appreciate the value of a mother, a lover, a
companion and a best friend."

Dreyer made his request on behalf of
<http://topics.sacbee.com/Jennifer+Strange/> Jennifer Strange's husband,
Billy Strange, 30, and their two children, Ryland, 6, and Jorie, 3.

The 28-year-old woman died on Jan. 12, 2007, of acute water intoxication as
a result of her participation in the "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" contest put
on by radio station <http://topics.sacbee.com/KDND/> KDND "The End" 107.9.
The contest promised the popular video game to the whomever could drink the
most water without urinating.

Strange went home and died after the contest.

Dreyer also asked the jurors to award his clients as well as
<http://topics.sacbee.com/Jennifer+Strange/> Jennifer Strange's older son,
Keegan Sims, another $1,888,135 in economic damages as a result of past and
present financial support and household services they could have expected to

Keegan Sims' attorney, Harvey R. Levine, is scheduled to present his closing
arguments to the jury on Wednesday on the non-economic damages he thinks
that should be awarded to the 13-year-old boy.

Defense attorney Donald W. Carlson, who is representing plaintiffs
<http://topics.sacbee.com/Entercom+Sacramento/> Entercom Sacramento LLC and
its parent company,
<http://topics.sacbee.com/Entercom+Communications+Corp/> Entercom
Communications Corp., also is scheduled to present his closing argument

Dreyer, in his closing arguments today, told the jury today that the
evidence is "overwhelming" that two defendants remaining in the case were
responsible for the woman's death nearly three years ago.

"You get to decide what the standards are in this community, how radio
station personnel are going to operate ... and how a company like Entercom
is going to train its personnel," Dreyer said in the beginning of his
closing arguments in the trial that is nearing its conclusion in
<http://topics.sacbee.com/Sacramento+Superior+Court/> Sacramento Superior

Dreyer said that if the employees of
<http://topics.sacbee.com/Entercom+Sacramento/> Entercom Sacramento's "
<http://topics.sacbee.com/Morning/> Morning Rave" program on
<http://topics.sacbee.com/KDND/> KDND were negligent on the day of the fatal
contest, and if they were acting in the scope of their employment, then the
corporate defendants also are responsible and that they should be held
liable for <http://topics.sacbee.com/Jennifer+Strange/> Jennifer Strange's

"We believe the evidence demonstrates in overwhelming fashion that these two
defendants were responsible," Dreyer said of Philadelphia-based Entercom and
its Sacramento subsidiary. He said it was up to Entercom "to make sure
people don't do dangerous contests. This isn't something we made up. These
are their rules."

Strange finished second in the contest.

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