Second Death in Five Years at Atlanta’s Turner Field

A Conyers, Ga., man’s fatal fall from the upper deck of Atlanta’s Turner Field marks what is believed to be the second accident-related death at the baseball stadium in five years.

Ronald Lee Homer, 30, fell 65 feet from the stadium’s 400-level seating structure, landing behind air conditioning vents in the player’s parking lot at 8:55 p.m. Monday.

There were no surveillance cameras that could see the fall but four witnesses told police they saw Homer fall from the fourth level, and that there were no other people around him when he fell.

Emergency Medical Services arrived on the scene to find Homer “unconscious, unalert, and not breathing.” CPR was administered, and Homer was taken to Atlanta Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

“At this time, there is no indication of foul play, and the fall appears accidental,” said Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos in a statement.

While investigators are still working to figure out if weather conditions or alcohol played a part in the accident, Homer was not the first to suffer a fatal fall at the Braves’ stadium.

Justin Hayes, 25, of Cumming, Ga., fell from the upper deck to the concourse behind home plate at Turner Field in May 2008. Police later found that alcohol had factored into the fall. It is unclear if Hayes’ family filed suit against the Braves.

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