11/30/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, US // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan
Chicago, IL—A Woodstock man died just one hour after falling 35 feet at Soldier Field Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. The unfortunate incident, which the Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled to be accidental, occurred during a Chicago Bears game against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to information provided by the Chicago Sun-Times.
Reports indicated 23-year-old Stuart Haverty was at a Bears game when he decided to jump over a three-foot barrier on the colonnade level during halftime. Upon doing so, he plummeted 35 feet from the ledge he was standing on and landed on a flat roof, located on the outside of the west side of the stadium.
Given that a pack of cigarettes and a lighter were found near Haverty’s body, police seem to believe he might have climbed over the barrier in an attempt to smoke a cigarette. Reports noted that smoking is prohibited at Soldier Field.
According to Patrick Haverty, the victim’s father, the area where Stuart fell from was a known smoking-area. “I don’t even see how something like that could even be available since they know that this was something that was being done all the time,” he said.
“Apparently on his way trying to make it to that ledge he slipped or lost his balance or for all I know he could’ve slipped while trying to light the cigarette,” Patrick Haverty added.
Stuart Haverty died after sustaining multiple injuries in the fall, the medical examiner reported. It did not appear as if any charges were expected in connection with the Soldier Field accident.
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