Bystander saves Oakland stadium deck jumper
Law enforcement officials walk in the upper deck of O.co Coliseum after an NFL football game between the Oakland Raiders and the Tennessee Titans in Oakland, Calif., Sunday. Authorities say a football fan jumped after the game from the third deck of the Oakland Coliseum, injuring herself and a man one level below who tried to catch her. She and the man who tried to catch her were rushed to the hospital for treatment. AP Photo
OAKLAND, Calif. — A woman who jumped from the third level of the Oakland Raiders’ stadium survived after a man tried to catch her and broke her fall, authorities said.
The woman, who was not identified, was critically injured Sunday after plunging 45 feet at O.co Coliseum. She jumped shortly after the Raiders’ 23-19 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
The good Samaritan was seriously injured but was conscious and talking at the hospital, police said.
“He saved her life quite honestly, at his own expense,” Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. J.D. Nelson said. “This guy 100 percent saved her life. She’d be dead now.”
Arriving paramedics found the woman in very critical condition, and the 61-year-old man also injured. Initially, they thought she fell on him, but witnesses say he actually jumped to where she was falling, and tried to save her.
Nelson visited the injured man in the hospital Sunday evening.
“He just couldn’t imagine having people see that,” Nelson said. “He said it was a reaction. Even now, at the hospital he’s very concerned about her. He’s a real compassionate person.”