The Sacramento County District Attorney's office will not be pressing criminal charges against staff of a radio station that organised a competition which resulted in the death of a young woman, reports the Sacramento Bee.
The contest, titled "Hold Your Wee for a Wii," was organised by radio station KDND 107.9 and involved contestants drinking an estimated two gallons of water without urinating. The winner--the person who drank the greatest volume without using the bathroom--would be given a Nintendo Wii as a prize.
Jennifer Strange, 28, was found dead in her Rancho Cordova home hours after calling in to her office saying her head hurt "really bad" and heading straight home.
Ten employees of the radio show were fired over the incident, and Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness also opened a criminal investigation into the woman's death after listening to audio tapes of the show.
However, the prosecutor's office has found that the actions of the radio station staff did not reach the level of criminality. In a press release, a spokesperson comments, "There were no observable indications or symptoms that Jennifer Strange was experiencing a serious medical emergency which would have required station employees to seek or administer medical aid to her."
Civil attorney Roger Dreyer, the lawyer hired to represent the family of Ms. Strange, said that he would still be seeking damages in a wrongful death suit from the radio station.