Atlanta (USA TODAY) -- A man fell approximately 65 feet from a stairwell at Turner Field
Monday night to a concrete walkway leading to the Braves' players
parking lot and died.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office identified the man as Ronald Homer, 29, of Conyers, Ga.
Atlanta Police Department said Homer was transported to Atlanta Medical
Center after the incident, which occurred around 9 p.m. ET near the
start of the Braves game with the Philadelphia Phillies, which had been
delayed 1 hour 48 minutes by rain.
The APD released a statement on the incident early Tuesday morning:
Aug. 12, 2013 around 8:55 p.m. officers responded to a person down call
at Turner Field. Upon arrival officers located a male who appeared to
have fallen from an upper level platform to a secured lot approximately
65 feet below. The male was transported to Atlanta Medical Center and
died from his injuries. At this time there is no indication of foul play
and the fall appears accidental. The victim's identity has not been
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Beth Hauptle, an investigator for the medical examiner's office, said
Homer died moments after arriving at Atlanta Medical Center by
ambulance. He was pronounced dead at 9:26 p.m. Hauptle said there has
been no autopsy done.
Matthew Cox, an Auburn University student,
said a worker told him he had seen the man standing alone at the black
iron railing inside the stairwell and the next moment the man was
falling to the ground.
Cox said another worker said to him, "That guy just jumped over."
stairwell is across from the concession stand at Section 413 and
overlooks the walkway the Braves players use to walk to and from their
cars in a gated parking lot. The area on the ground, a brushed concrete,
was cordoned off with yellow crime tape.
One hour after the
accident, a Coca-Cola vending cart had been pushed onto the landing
where the man had been standing. The stairwell leads directly down to
the players' parking lot.
Cox said workers, who were gathered on
the upper deck after the incident, said they heard the man had been
running from security.
"That's not true, that is not a factual
statement," said Captain Paul Guerrucci of the Atlanta Police Department
when asked whether the man was being pursued.
veteran investigator, who works homicides, provided no other details of
the incident. He said the case was now being handled by the medical
In a statement, Atlanta Police Department said the death was being treated as accidental.
routinely patrol the concourses at Turner Field in a visible presence
before, during and after games. There is also a police precinct on the
service level of the field not far from the entrance to the Braves'
Not only do Braves' security officers stand guard on
the field, but they cover every exit on different levels of the
One man, who was in the Braves' players
parking lot, said television crew heard the sound of the impact 100
yards away. He said first responders were doing chest compressions on
the man as they wheeled him on a stretcher toward an ambulance.
The Braves referred all questions to the Atlanta Police Department.
accident wasn't the first of its kind to happen at Turner Field, and
marked at least the third time a sports fan has fallen from the stands
in Atlanta in about a year.
Isaac Grubb, 20, of Lenoir City, Tenn.
died after falling over a railing at the Georgia Dome during a football
game between Tennessee and North Carolina State on Aug. 31, 2012.
Authorities said he landed on another man seated in the lower level, and
that alcohol was a factor.
A man fell about 25 feet over a
staircase railing at a Georgia Tech-Miami football game on Sept. 22,
2012 and was not seriously injured.
In May 2008, a 25-year-old
Cumming, Ga. man suffered head injuries when he fell down a stairwell at
Turner Field during a game against the New York Mets and later died.
Police found that alcohol had factored into that accident, which the
Braves said was the first non-medical fatality to happen at the
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