Man Saves Woman Who Jumped from Coliseum Deck

Yet another fall from the upper deck of a sports stadium has left two people hospitalized, but this case is different from others in that the falling individual was a woman and the fall appeared to be voluntary. Also unusual is the fact that the actions of another person apparently saved the woman’s life.

According to KTVU-TV, the woman, believed to be in her 20s, went into Section 301 of Oakland County Coliseum after Sunday’s Raiders game against the Tennessee Titans and jumped to a second-level concourse, where other fans pleaded with her not to do it. One such fan, a 61-year-old season-ticket holder and former Marine from Stockton, Calif., lunged to catch the woman, who fell 45 feet. He was knocked to the ground unconscious and taken to the hospital, where he is reportedly in stable condition. As of this writing, the woman remained in “very critical” condition.

“He saved her life quite honestly, at his own expense,” Sgt. J.D. Nelson of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office told the Oakland Tribune. “This guy 100 percent saved her life. She'd be dead now.”

The seating in Section 301 of the Coliseum is covered by a tarp. It is unclear how the woman, who appeared to be alone, was allowed to enter a section supposedly closed to the public.

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