SAN FRANCISCO — One man plunged to his death from the stands at a Phish concert in San Francisco on Sunday night, and two other people were seriously injured in a separate fall about an hour later, police confirmed Monday.
The San Francisco County Medical Examiner identified the man killed as Ryan Prosser, 47, of Athens, New York, KRON reported.
Robert Moen of Austin, Texas, told KTVU that he witnessed Prosser appear to leap intentionally from their high-level seats in the Chase Center just before 9 p.m.
“We were a couple rows behind the first guy that jumped intentionally, and we saw him right when he put his feet on the barrier, stood up and just leapt,” Moen told the TV station, adding, “He went out of view, and I realized later, that was a huge drop, maybe four stories or so.”
Police later confirmed to The Associated Press that Prosser is believed to have “leapt from an elevated area of the arena,” causing his death.
“Immediately before the victim leapt, he did not appear to have any physical contact with any person or barrier/railing,” Officer Grace Gatpandan said in a statement to the AP on Tuesday.
Prosser was pronounced dead at the scene, KRON reported.
“We extend our heartfelt condolences to the guest’s loved ones,” the San Francisco Police Department said in a statement provided to KTVU, later adding that investigators found no evidence of foul play.
About an hour later, a second man tumbled from the stands and was transported to an area hospital for serious but non-life-threatening injuries, police confirmed to KRON.
According to KTVU, the second man “toppled another concertgoer,” who also sustained serious injuries, when he fell. The injured bystander was also transported to an area hospital for medical treatment, but is expected to recover.
Police officials said there is no evidence of a “criminal violation” in the second incident, the TV station reported.
Chase Center is home to the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.
A spokesperson for the venue and the Warriors told the San Francisco Chronicle that the arena was safe.
“Chase Center was built and is operated in accordance with all safety standards and requirements governing facilities of its kind in the state of California and the city and county of San Francisco,” Kimberly Veale said.
The man who was injured by the second fall told KPIX that he had moved from his assigned seat in an upper tier to a flatter, more protected area because he “didn’t feel safe dancing there.” Evan Reeves of Oakland, whose leg was injured by the fall, received permission from an on-site doctor to watch the rest of the show while waiting for his wife to pick him up and take him to a hospital.
-- The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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