Connecticut student dies after choking during pancake-eating competition


A 20-year-old college student — the daughter of a Port Authority cop killed on Sept. 11 — died after choking on pancakes during an eating competition at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, officials said.

Caitlin Nelson, of Clark, New Jersey, who served as the vice president of community service at the school’s Kappa Delta sorority, was taking part in the Greek life eating contest last Thursday when she began choking after eating four or five pancakes, witnesses told police.

“She starts to choke on pancake on someone recognized it — one of the nursing students at the competition — and she caught her and brought her slowly to the ground,” Fairfield police Lt. Robert Kalamaras told The Post. “And then she began CPR, basic life support, until officers showed up less than two minutes after the emergency call was made by one of the nursing students.”

Responding officers then tried to clear Nelson’s airway, but to no avail. She was rushed to St. Vincent’s Medical Center and was later transferred to the Columbia University Medical Center — where she died Sunday, Kalamaras said.

Nelson was a junior at the school, where she studied social work and served on the executive board of the university’s Kappa Delta sorority, according to her LinkedIn page and the organization’s website.

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