OAKLAND -- A woman was clinging to life after jumping from the third deck of the Coliseum following Sunday's Raiders game, authorities said.
But her life, as of late Sunday, appears to have been saved by a good Samaritan who pleaded with her not to jump and broke her 45-foot fall when she did, according to Sgt. J.D. Nelson of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office. That man, who was also injured, tried to catch her, Nelson said.
"He saved her life quite honestly, at his own expense," Nelson said outside the Coliseum on Sunday night. "This guy 100 percent saved her life. She'd be dead now."
The tense, brief standoff began around 4:30 p.m., 15 minutes after the end of the game in which Oakland lost 23-19 to the Tennessee Titans, authorities said.
The 61-year-old Stockton man, a Marine Corps veteran, was on the second deck concourse level when he noticed the woman above, and repeatedly shouted, "don't do it," Nelson said.
But she jumped to the concourse below. The woman, who has not been identified, was taken to the hospital with critical injuries. She had gone to the west upper deck seating area in a section covered by a tarp, police said, and it appeared she was alone before she jumped.
The injured man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, but was conscious and talking and is expected to survive, police said.
Nelson visited the man, a lifelong Raiders fan, in the hospital Sunday evening, and described him as a "hero."
"He just couldn't imagine having people see that," Nelson said. "He said it was a reaction. Even now, at the hospital he's very concerned about her. He's a real compassionate person.
"Raider fans get a bad reputation, yet here's this guy that went way over and above what most people would do to try and save this woman," Nelson said.
There have been two incidents in the last year of fans falling from the Oakland Coliseum and Candlestick Park. In September, a man died from a fall off the Jamestown pedestrian walkway outside Candlestick Park, and last December, a teenager was seriously injured when he fell from the third deck of the Coliseum.
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