Marine Vet Saves Woman Who Plunged From Oakland Coliseum Deck

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A Marine vet was being credited Tuesday with saving a woman who, authorities said, jumped from the third level of the Oakland Coliseum on Sunday.


Donnie Navidad, 61, shows reporters the bruises on his arms after breaking the fall of a woman at a Raiders Game. (Credit: KPIX)

The incident took place at the end of the Oakland Raiders-Tennessee Titans game. Wile most fans were leaving the stadium, the unidentified woman went into a seating area on the third level that was closed to the public.

She went to the edge of the deck and pushed herself forward, said Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. J.D. Nelson.

Donnie Navidad, a 61-year-old Marine Corps veteran and lifelong Raiders fan from Stockton, was leaving the stadium when he saw the woman.

Navidad yelled up at the woman, urging her not to jump, Nelson told KNTV. And when she went over the edge, Nelson said Navidad did his best to save her.

“He put his arms out and tried to catch her, he didn’t even think about it. He didn’t want her to fall,” Nelson said. “There’s no question, no question,” that he saved her life.

The woman plummeted 40 to 50 feet, and remains hospitalized with head injuries.

CNN contributed to this report.