Fan plunges from Oakland Coliseum deck; 2 injured
OAKLAND, California (AP) — A woman jumped from the third level deck of NFL team the Oakland Raiders’ home stadium on Sunday, injuring herself and a man who pleaded with her not to jump and tried to catch her, authorities said.
The woman, who was not identified, plunged about 45 feet (14 meters) after the Raiders lost 23-19 to the Tennessee Titans and as fans were filing out of the stadium, O.co Coliseum officials said in a statement.
A good Samaritan who tried to break her fall was injured in the process, the statement said.
Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. J.D. Nelson told the Oakland Tribune the woman went to a seating area that was covered by a tarp and appeared to be alone when she jumped from the upper level of the deck. The man who was on the concourse level saw her and repeatedly shouted, “don’t do it,” Nelson said.
“He saved her life quite honestly, at his own expense,” Nelson said. “This guy 100 percent saved her life. She’d be dead now.”
Nelson said the woman was taken to the hospital in “very critical” condition. The man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and is expected to survive, police said.
On the NFL opening day this year, a fan died from a fall off a pedestrian overpass outside Candlestick Park in San Francisco, and two others were injured when a railing collapsed at the Colts game against the Raiders in Indianapolis.