61-YEAR-OLD FORMER MARINE WHO SAVED JUMPER’S LIFE AT O.CO COLISEUM SAY’S HE’D DO IT AGAIN - The injured man authorities say saved a woman’s life after she jumped from the third level of the Oakland Raiders’ stadium said Monday that he’s no hero and he would do it again, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Donnie Navidad said he was among several people pleading with the woman not to jump Sunday as he positioned himself to try catching her. When she plunged about 45 feet from the upper deck at the O.co Coliseum, Navidad, with his arms open, ended up breaking her fall.
Both of them hit the concrete hard from the impact about 15 minutes after the Raiders’ 23-19 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
“I just wished I would’ve grabbed her and held on to her,” Navidad said. “I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t do anything.”
The 61-year-old Marine Corps veteran was hospitalized overnight and was recuperating from a severely bruised arm at his home.
“He simply saved her life,” Alameda County sheriff’s Sgt. J.D. Nelson said. “Otherwise, she’d be dead.”
The woman remains hospitalized in critical condition. Her name has not been released.
A Raiders season ticket holder, Navidad said he was with a buddy lingering near the Al Davis commemorative flame at the coliseum when he saw and heard the commotion around the woman, who was on the ledge in the upper deck concourse area that’s covered by tarp.
“I yelled up at her yelling, ‘Don’t do it, don’t do it. Please don’t jump,’” Navidad said. “And she started to descend and she let herself go.”
Navidad said his military instincts kicked in as he lunged toward the woman trying to catch her.
“He couldn’t grab and hold her, and that’s what bothers him,” his wife, Lora Navidad, said Monday. “He had no fear or thought for his own well-being.”
Navidad said well-wishers have thanked him, including Raiders’ hall of fame cornerback Willie Brown who visited personally. Team officials came to his home, and he received a phone call from Hall of Fame wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff.
“They want to label me a hero, but how do you define a hero?” Navidad asks. “I would’ve done it for anybody.”
Navidad plans to be at the Raiders’ next home game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Dec. 15.
WOMAN JUMPS FROM O.CO COLISEUM DECK FOLLOWING RAIDERS-TITANS GAME - A woman jumped from the third level deck of the Oakland Raiders’ home stadium on 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, jumped about 45 feet shortly after the Raiders lost 23-19 to the Tennessee Titans in the final seconds of the game, O.co Coliseum officials said in a statement.
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. The man who was on the deck below 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.
Can someone please explain this to me? I know the A’s are trying to move to San Jose bc their stadium has some problems and there are some other reasons I forget. Anyway, I know this is probably just a scare tactic by MLB so the people in charge of the O.co Coliseum will make a deal..but how would this even be possible?
Raiders lease extension at Coliseum approved for 2015 season
The Oakland Raiders will play at least one more season at O.co Coliseum in Oakland as the board that runs the stadium approved a lease extension for the 2015 season.
The Joint Powers Authority on Friday approved the extension that had previously been agreed to by both sides. The Oakland City Council and Alameda County Board of Supervisors still must vote on the lease.
The Raiders will pay the same rent as last year, and the team will get money from stadium signage and concessions.
The extension gives the team and the city more time to try to get a new stadium approved in Oakland. If the efforts fail, the Raiders have alerted city officials that they will request NFL permission to move to Los Angeles where they’re working with the San Diego Chargers to share a stadium.