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Woman leaps from stadium after Oakland Raiders lose

Posted November 26, 2013

The woman, who was not identified, plunged about 45 feet from the stadium’s third-level deck after the Raiders lost 23-19 to the Tennessee Titans. By The Associated Press MOST POPULAR COMMENTS HIDE / SHOW COMMENTS Now there's a sports nut Darwin Award. I feel sorry for the guy she landed on. (November 25, 2013, by jereranchiere) MORE Read all 1 comments Post a comment advertising OAKLAND, Calif. — A woman jumped from the third-level deck of the Oakland Raiders’ home stadium 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 after the Raiders lost 23-19 to the Tennessee Titans and as fans were filing out of the stadium, Coliseum officials said in a statement. She was critically injured. 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. Officials don’t know why the woman jumped. In a statement, the Raiders said that no other information was available “for reasons of privacy and the ongoing investigation.” Last week, two men attending a Bills-Jets game at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., were injured when one man sliding down a railing in the 300 level slipped and fell to a lower deck, landing on the other man. Both survived, but the man who fell has been banned from the stadium. On the NFL’s 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. Material from the San Francisco Chronicle is included in this report.