Posted: 4:44 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013

Woman jumps from top level of coliseum, injures Good Samaritan

Ambulance on way to O.co Coliseum
Ambulance on way to O.co Coliseum

KTVU.com and wires

OAKLAND, Calif. —

A woman jumped from the third deck of O. co Coliseum after Sunday's Oakland Raiders Game, injuring herself and a man on the second level who tried to catch her, according to an Alameda County sheriff's office spokesman.

The woman, described as being in her 20s, went into section 301, an area that is closed off to the public, and then moved to jump off the edge around 4:30 p.m., just after the game ended, Sgt. J.D. Nelson said.

People on the second deck concourse level below tried to persuade her not to jump, Nelson said.

“She jumped anyhow, and one guy tried to catch her,” Nelson said.

The woman was taken to a hospital in “very critical” condition, and the Good Samaritan who tried to catch her was in stable condition, Nelson said.

Nelson later told KTVU that the Good Samaritan was a 61-year-old Stockton man and Raiders season ticket holder who was walking by the Al Davis Flame with a friend before her fall.

Hearing the commotion and then seeing the woman begin to fall, the man, a former Marine, lunged toward the woman as she dropped.

The good Samaritan was knocked down and injured, but he broke her fall, thereby saving her life. 

The incident did not interfere with the movement of fans out of the coliseum, Nelson said.

The woman fell from the top of the west upper deck onto the concourse below, a fall of approximately 45 feet according to a statement released on behalf of O.co Coliseum later Sunday evening.

This story will be updated when more details become available.

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