NFL Fan Falls To Death Sliding Down Escalator

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An NFL fan, identified as 25-year old Jonathan Kelly, fell five stories to his death last night in Houston during the third quarter of the Texans/Vikings game. Witnesses said he was sliding down the rail of one of the outdoor escalators when he lost his balance.

Officials say Kelly was intoxicated at the time, and some are wondering if there is anything that can be done about the tragic number of falls which occur all too often at sports events. In the past ten years, nine accidents have occurred on sports escalators, and four deaths can be blamed on the victim trying to sit on or slide down a railing. In the wake of some incidents, many ballparks have raised railings for the safety of their patrons, but what can be done about fan behavior? There are no answers forthcoming, but park officials say they are doing what they can to ensure the safety of everyone who visits.

“We make sure they’re not overloaded and we try to operate them in the safest possible manner,” Mark Miller, General Manager of SMG Reliant Park, said of the escalators.

Park officials say they are investigating whether or not any further safety procedures need to be taken.

“We have our procedures in place, the league has a whole comprehensive set of best practices relative to fan behavior and stadium security,” Texans President Jamey Rootes said. “We’ve always been rated at the very highest level … I don’t know that anything changes.”

NFL Fan Falls To Death Sliding Down Escalator
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  • Leigh

    Unfortunately, you will have reckless behavior at events regardless of the rules and precautions that may be in place.

  • http://webpronews tom

    My prayers go out to the family. But why is it that we need to protect everyone from hurting themselves. ya can’t fix stupid.

  • wendell

    Hang a safety net on the out side of the escalator

  • Mario

    I think it is so dumb. Why would we need to change the way the stadiums are. Maybe people shouldn’t get drunk to the point of stupidity and try to slide down a rail 5 stories up. I mean, some of the falls were on accident. But this just proves that people are as dumb as they can be. It is irrelevant that the stadium be blamed for this. No one could be there holding his hand the whole entire time. I mean, I am sorry that he died, and my condolences go out to his family. But if he cared more about himself, maybe he would still be here.

    • DJ

      I totally agree with you. Why do we have to further protect those who are doing things they logically should not be doing? If you are going to horseplay on a 40 ft escalator, and the reason you do it is because your judgement is clouded by booze, then no is at fault but the person. Tragic but alcoholism and drugging is a tragedy for this exact reason. people do crazy things and do things that put their life and others in danger.

  • Rob

    Of course, the guy could just have been depressed from having to watch the Vikings in the first place. As a Packer fan, I can understand completely. They’re actually thinking of making the new Vikings stadium one floor only so this doesn’t happen more often. >:)

    • Ben

      You’re so stupid! You damn idiot this happened at the Texans’ stadium. Learn to read you a@$!! LOL

  • zizzled

    I hate drunks. They ALWAYS ruin the party. There seems to be an “Eve” at every party. Eat the apple, the rules change. Get drunk, act stupid, the rules change. Why do drunks always think they are the life of the party. People don’t laugh @drunks b’cuz they are funny, they laugh @the stupidity. My advice: If you wanna get drunk, stay home and get drunk watching the game on tv. You might save a life or two, maybe even your own.

    • slim

      As a patron of Texan games and a tall guy 6’5 escalators and railings are definitely not catored to taller people and i think they should b raised anyways. Not because some folks cant control their alcohol consumption. The rails and escalators come way below my waste and if a drunk bumps into me id have a high chance of being tipped over. Tiiimmmmbbbeeerrr.

  • Debra

    I saw this escalator “sliding” one night on you tube. This guy that got killed probably watched the video and thought he could do it. It doesnt make it right by any means, what a waste of a life.

  • Shannon

    why don’t we promote self-control instead of constantly blaming everyone else. While his death is tragic and didn’t have to happen, he was intoxicated and he made the decision to behave the way he did. At some point, we will need to let people govern themselves and their own common sense rather than continuously blaming everyone around us. He made himself a victim. I wish it hadn’t happened but until common sense becomes a must and we get past these pathetic victim mentality these tragic and unnecessary events will continue. It’s called human nature.

    • Dennis

      Well said Shannon… I’m so tired of the rest of us who do act responsibly having to pay more and even being inconvenienced because of a foolish act of someone else. Sad as his senseless death is and my thoughts go out to his family, I just hope lessons are learned!!!

      • John B.

        I call it thinning the heard. That was an idiot! He did us all a favor, by not making to his car, and killing some inocent people on his way to where stupid people like him hang out!!!

  • Michael

    Perfect! Removed from the Gene Pool!

    • Ginger

      You rock Michael! How about you and I collide together in that Gene Pool?

  • http://ms1.gotdns.com jonny rocket

    I LIKE PIE!1!!

  • sallie

    WHat a stupid trick to play – this might teach others NOT to try it!

  • Rhiana

    ‘com on guys stop calling this guy names and make sarcastic comments, think about his family, drunk or not accidents happens, I’m sure you all have a family, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, etc. and no body is perfect. When is their time, is their time and don’t have to go to the stadium and look for the accident. Accidents can happen anytime/anywhere. Unfortunately it happened. To his family sorry about their lost. Just remember; we’re all here temporally.

    • Priscilla

      He died because of his own drunken stupidity. I feel so sorry for his family and it will not make their hurt any better to say that when it is your time, it is your time.

  • J. E. Crawford

    It is difficult to protect the public from their own stupidity. Should we even try? I think not. No matter what protection is initiated someone will devise a way to overcome it. The escalator is a safe devise when used responsibly. Alchohol is safe when used responsibly. Abuse either and trouble ensues. People ARE responsible for their actions. If the person does not think about the impact of their stunts on their families why should we get all teary eyed about it? Do your best to act responsibly.

    • Priscilla


      • Matt

        Well said. If only people would agree that this same sensibility applies to marijuana I think they could start selling joints at the games instead of brews and there would be fewer fatalities.

    • Belinda Andrews

      WHY should I be denied a nice cold beer at a sporting event because some kid can’t control himself, and does stupid crap…most stupid deaths involve alcohol and some stupid guy (almost always a young male) saying something like “Watch this!” I like beer. I don’t get drunk. You’re probably one of those people who want to outlaw pain killers because people abuse them, resulting in cancer patients having to suffer because they can’t get their medication. It’s called MODERATION. Your reaction is as extreme in one direction as the abuse in the other direction.

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  • Richard

    I have an idea. Quit over-serving or serving alcoholic beverages at all!

  • nancy

    NO MORE DRINKING AT GAMES IF YOU Have to drink stay home

    • ron

      u r stupid

  • Rob W

    the obvious answer is: Outlaw railings. DUH.

  • Common Sense

    Stupid is as stupid does. Another winning candidate for a Darwin Award.

  • Tuesdae

    I wonder did anyone think of not serving alcohol at the ball games? That might help!

  • Forcemaster2000

    How about not serving alcohol to their patrons? Oh no, that will never happen, that would cut into their huge profit margins!

  • Johnny

    I can’t believe no one thought about putting a wall up instead, how do you go from “He fell to his death” to LETS OUTLAW DRINKING.

    In 10 years, 9 accidents have happened, in which 4 people died. This is not happening daily.

  • A

    i think that they are right about survival of the fittest dont expect ppl to feel bad. is always a young white boy doing some stupid shit that leads to his untimely death. ppl need to raise their children to make wise decisions and be intelligent not ignorant and reckless. and i know cause i see it everyday. its not about race its just the truth

  • http://RealNiggaTalk Nookie nugg

    Moma always say if you gone get drunk do it at home. Not in the streets.

  • sarah

    I know the family personally and think everyone that doesn’t have anything nice to say about Johnathon should just keep their mouths shut. Everyone at some point in life likes to have fun and do crazy stuff. That doesn’t make that person stupid.

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