Man Dies After Falling from Turner Field Upper Deck
Tragedy struck during Monday night's baseball game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 20
According to a report from Alexis Stevens of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the fan's death has been ruled a suicide:
A 30-year-old Rockdale County man committed suicide when he fell 85 feet to his death last month at Turner Field, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Ronald Lee Homer Jr., of Conyers, was attending an Atlanta Braves game with friends Aug. 12 when he fell from the fourth level of the stadium, landing on concrete in the players’ parking lot. Homer was unconscious and not breathing when emergency responders reached him, Atlanta police previously said. He was taken to Atlanta Medical Center, where he later died.
Toxicology reports indicate that Homer had alcohol in his system at the time of his death, an investigator with the medical examiner’s office said. His death was ruled a suicide, but the medical examiner’s office would release no further details on the autopsy findings Thursday or why they pointed to suicide. The cause of his death was previously reported as “blunt force trauma.”
UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 13
The Associated Press (via ESPN) has the latest regarding Monday's tragedy:
In a release Tuesday, officials said 30-year-old Ronald Homer of Conyers, Ga. fell 85 feet to his death at Turner Field on Monday night. Authorities initially said the man had fallen 65 feet.
Police say the fall appears to be an accident. No one was standing near Homer at the time and the incident wasn't recorded on surveillance cameras.
The medical examiner's office said Homer died of blunt force trauma. Toxicology tests on Homer could take up to three weeks.
UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 12
Alexis Stevens of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has the unfortunate update to the situation:
A man died Monday night after falling at least 30 feet from an upper deck at Turner Field, landing outside of the stadium.
The man, whose name was not released, was transported to the hospital, where he later died, Atlanta police said. Investigators remained at the scene late Monday.
Details surrounding the man’s fall were not immediately available. A spokeswoman for the Braves referred questions to police.
WSB Channel 2 news in Atlanta reported the same information.
A man was in critical condition late Monday after falling at least 30 feet from an upper deck at Turner Field, according to police.
The man, whose name was not released, was transported to the hospital around 9 p.m., Atlanta police said.
The Atlanta Braves, courtesy of CBS Sports' Mike Axisa, also released a statement following the accident:
There was an accident earlier tonight at Turner Field with a spectator falling from the upper level. The spectator has been transported to the hospital. The Atlanta Police Department are investigating
The start of the game was delayed for nearly two hours because of rain, and details surrounding the circumstances of the man's fall were not immediately known.
Unfortunately, this is the not the first time an incident like this has happened at a sporting event.
As Axisa pointed out, a fan died nearly five years ago after a fall down a stairwell at Turner Field.
Two years ago, a Texas Rangers fan died when he fell over the railing at the Ballpark in Arlington while reaching for a baseball.
And last September, a fan fell over a 33-inch railing at the Georgia Dome during a college football game between Tennessee and North Carolina State, resulting in his death. A fan that he landed on sustained minor injuries.
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