A young woman and 61-year-old Marine veteran were injured and hospitalized Sunday after the woman jumped from a balcony of the Oakland Coliseum and the veteran attempted to catch her.
The incident occurred just after the Oakland Raiders game against the Tennessee Titans.
A lifetime Raiders fan, the veteran had just purchased season tickets after watching them on TV.
The veteran was leaving the coliseum with a friend when he saw the 20-year-old woman on the third level of the stand, which had been closed off to the public. Though he pleaded with her not to jump, she threw herself onto a seating area and landed on top of him, injuring them both.
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According to Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. J.D. Nelson, the woman threw herself from the balcony in an attempt at suicide.
“He put himself in a lot of risk,” Nelson said. “Right now, he is in the hospital paying the price for it. 100 per cent he saved her life.”
The woman was in the intensive care unit Monday after suffering a serious blow to the head. The Marine vet's injuries were not life-threatening.
Neither the man or woman have been identified.