SAN FRANCISCO -- The devastated parents of a 32-year-old football fan who fell to his death from a pedestrian overpass outside Candlestick Park said Wednesday their son had a "few" beers while tailgating but wasn't so drunk he couldn't walk straight.
Janet and Dennis Hayes, responding to reports from witnesses that their son Kevin Hayes was heavily intoxicated and stumbling before the 49ers game, said he had walked up a ramp and was turning onto a staircase where the rail was lower when he slipped and fell.
"Kevin put his hand out thinking the rail was going to be there, but he slipped, tried to grab the rail, and went over the side," Janet Hayes told The Associated Press, citing the account provided by her son, Jeffrey, who was with his older brother when he fell.
Jeffrey Hayes said he was less than two feet from his brother when the accident occurred. Racing to the sidewalk, he called his parents as rescuers were loading his brother into the ambulance. His brother already was dead when they arrived at San Francisco General Hospital.
Police Chief Greg Suhr has described the death as a sad, tragic accident and said it was not clear if alcohol played a role. Toxicology reports from the coroner's office are not expected for several weeks.