Wrongful Death Suit Filed Against Tough Mudder Race

Baltimore Sun - September 25, 2015

The mother of an Ellicott City man who died following the Tough Mudder obstacle race in West Virgina has filed a wrongful death suit against the organizers of the race.

Avishek Sengupta, a 28-year-old account executive for a technology firm, died shortly after his participation in the Tough Mudder obstacle race. His mother claims this was due to the negligence of race organizers and lack of safety workers during the "walk the plank" portion of the obstacle course.

The lawsuit alleges that on the day of the incident, the "walk the plank" obstacle of the course was crowded with racers and lacking proper supervision. Sengupta jumped from the plank into the 13-foot-deep pool of muddy water and was struck by another participant making the jump immediately after him. By the time race officials discovered him, and pulled him from the water Sengupta had to be rushed to the hospital for emergency care and eventually put on life support.

The lawsuit filed claims the officials were negligent in making sure racers emerged from the water. They also claim that it took too long for rescue divers to search for Sengupta and race officials took too long to call for an ambulance. As of right now, race officials have no comment.

Pamela Wood