Man dies after 65-foot fall at Turner Field during Braves-Phillies game
ATLANTA (CNN) — A Georgia man died after he fell about 65 feet from an upper level of Atlanta’s Turner Field during a Braves-Phillies baseball game Monday, officials said.
Ronald L. Homer, 30, of Conyers, fell from the fourth level of the stadium shortly before 8:55 p.m. during a rain delay in the game and landed in a players’ parking lot, police said. Atlanta police said the fall appeared to be accidental and added it was too early to tell if alcohol was a factor.
An autopsy on Homer has been completed, but authorities are not releasing a cause of death, citing pending toxicology results, Tami Sedivy-Schroder, an investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office, said Tuesday. Results can take up to eight weeks, she said.
Homer’s mother, Connie Homer, told CNN affiliate WXIA that he was a big Braves fan who was attending the game with a friend.
“I’m just sick,” she said. “We’re a very close family. He was big-hearted.”
An investigation is under way, and police have questioned witnesses.
The game was scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m., but heavy rains pushed back the start time nearly two hours.
In a statement released Tuesday, the Atlanta Braves extended condolences to Homer’s family.
“We are saddened by this tragic incident and will continue our investigation along with the Atlanta Police Department. We will have no further comment until the investigation is complete.”
It’s the second such death at an Atlanta sporting venue in the last year.
On August 31, a Tennessee fan died after falling about 45 feet at the Georgia Dome during a college football game between North Carolina State and the University of Tennessee.
In July 2011, a Texas fan died after falling 20 feet at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, while trying to catch a ball thrown to him by outfielder Josh Hamilton.