Jury deliberating KDND-FM death case


The lawsuit against Entercom by the family of a woman who died after a KDND-FM Sacramento contest is now in the hands of the jury. The trial ran 26 days in court before both sides wrapped up their arguments.

KOVR-TV (CBS) reported that the attorney for the family of Jennifer Strange asked for the jury to find that Entercom Sacramento and its parent company were responsible for the 28-year-old woman’s death and award $34 million to her husband and children. Strange died after participating in a 2007 contest on KDND “107.9 The End” in which she and other contestants tried to drink as much water as possible without urinating to win a “Wii” game device. Her death was attributed to water intoxication.

Since this is a civil, rather than criminal, trial, the jury verdict does not have to be unanimous. The Sacramento Bee reported that only nine members of the 12-member jury must agree for Entercom to be held responsible for monetary damages in the death.