November 30, 2013

Football fan breaks fall of woman who jumped from stadium deck

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Oakland, California:

Published Monday, Nov. 25 2013, 10:35 AM EST
Last updated Monday, Nov. 25 2013, 8:37 PM EST

Police praised a football fan for saving the life of a woman who jumped from the third-level deck of the Oakland Raider’s home stadium by breaking her fall.

The woman, who was not identified, remains hospitalized in critical condition after plunging about 45 feet at O.co Coliseum. She jumped shortly after the Raiders’ 23-19 loss to the Tennessee Titans and as fans were filing out of the stadium.

Donnie Navidad says he urged the woman not to jump Sunday while he positioned himself to catch her.

The 61-year-old Navidad has been released from the hospital and is recuperating from a severely bruised arm at his home in Stockton.

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

Nelson said the woman went to a seating area that was covered by a tarp and appeared to be alone when she jumped.

Nelson told the TV station that Navidad was from Stockton, had served as a Marine and is a Raiders season ticket holder. …

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