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Man saved life of Oakland Coliseum jumper by shielding her fall

November 24, 2013|By Cindy Chang
  • Law enforcement officials walk in the upper deck of Oakland's Coliseum on Sunday.
Law enforcement officials walk in the upper deck of Oakland's Coliseum… (Jeff Chiu, Associated Press )

A man who tried to catch a woman as she plummeted 50 feet at the Oakland Coliseum saved her from certain death, an Alameda County sheriff's official said.

The woman jumped from a third-floor seating area onto a second-floor concourse about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, said Sgt. J.D. Nelson. She was hospitalized in intensive care Sunday night, and the man who broke her fall was seriously injured, Nelson said.

As fans filed out of the stadium after the Raiders' loss to the Tennessee Titans, the man and a friend looked up and saw the woman preparing to jump. They tried to talk her out of jumping, but she did, Nelson said. The man shielded her fall with his body.

"Without him doing that, there's no question what would have happened," Nelson said.

The man and woman have not been identified.

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Twitter: @cindychangLA

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