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Past Time for an Intervention

The family of a 35-year-old woman who died after a February “Polar Bear Plunge” event in New Jersey has sued over her death. Named in the suit are Sea Isle City, where the event occurred, its police department, the hospital, the doctor who pronounced her dead, restaurants, paramedics, friends, and others. Yet Tracy Hottenstein didn’t participate in the event: she went out afterwards, got drunk, left a bar without her coat at 2:15 a.m., and fell off a boat dock into the water. A passerby found her body five hours later. “Someone,” says the family’s lawyer, Lynanne Westcott, “could have intervened, and they didn’t.” (RC/Press of Atlantic City) ...You mean like her family?
Original Publication Date: 27 February 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.
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