SF Hospital Suing Dodgers For Bryan Stow’s Medical Bills

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — San Francisco General Hospital is suing the Los Angeles Dodgers and former owner Frank McCourt for medical costs related to the beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow.

The San Francisco Examiner reports the hospital is asking for $1.2 million to cover the cost of providing Stow’s extensive brain trauma care.

The beating happened in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium in March of last year following the Dodgers’ home opener versus the Giants.

It left Stow, a paramedic and father of two from Santa Cruz, with permanent brain damage.

The two men accused in Stow’s beating appeared in court on Tuesday morning for brief a pre-trial hearing.

The next hearing date for Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood was set for Feb. 21.

Both suspects are charged with three felony counts: for mayhem, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, and battery with serious bodily injury.

Sanchez also faces allegations that he inflicted great bodily injury on Stow in the assault and battery counts.

He has also been charged with two additional misdemeanor counts — one for battery related to a run-in with a female Giants fan and one for assault on a young man at whom he allegedly swung a fist.

Both Sanchez and Norwood have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

Earlier this year, a judge ruled there was enough evidence for the men to stand trial after a six-day preliminary hearing that included some dramatic testimony.

On the first day of the hearing, prosecutors showed a video of Norwood sitting in an interrogation room, speaking to his mother on an LAPD detective’s cellphone.

“Hey, I got arrested for that Dodger Stadium thing,” the Norwood says. “I was involved …. To a certain extent I was.”

He tells his mother he can’t say much over the phone but says Sanchez is also in custody.

Norwood then apologizes: “Pretty sure I’m going down for it …. I’m sorry.”

The hearing also included testimony from Corey Maciel, Stow’s friend and a fellow paramedic who was at the game.

He said that Stow was attacked after he used medical slang to express his disgust with a group of Dodgers fans who were taunting them.

Maciel said Stow made the comment after their group had endured hours of heckling and thrown food inside the stadium.

He quoted Stow as saying “I hope they code” — shorthand for suffering <runtime:topic id=”HEPHC00000140″>cardiac arrest</runtime:topic>.

The comment prompted an immediate reaction from a man in a Dodgers jersey, according to Maciel.

“What … did you say, homie?” Maciel said the man demanded before shoving Stow.

Maciel said his group of friends was “just trying to get away” when, minutes later, the same man and a companion confronted them deeper into the parking lot.

He said the second men distracted Stow while the first blindsided him with “a long, sweeping haymaker” that sent him to the ground.

“I watched the back of his head bounce off the concrete and I heard the crack as it happened,” Maciel said.

He said that as he rushed to help, one of the men kicked Stow in the ribs while the other kicked him in the head.

Maciel’s 911 call was also played in open court during his testimony.

“He’s unconscious. He’s got snoring respiration at the moment,” Maciel said on the call. “We need an ambulance right now.”

The final witness in the preliminary hearing was Doreen Sanchez, who is Louie Sanchez’s sister and Norwood’s fiance.

She drove the suspects away from Dodger Stadium on the night that Stow was beaten.

She was initially arrested on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact, but prosecutors opted not to pursue charges after she began cooperating.

Sanchez testified that her brother and fiance were involved in a confrontation with Giants fans near their vehicle.

But she maintained that she did not see the fight that left Stow with brain damage, and that the men never admitted involvement.

She recalled her brother screaming for her to “get … out of here!” and said she saw blood on the Norwood’s hand.

“I said, ‘Babe, what the hell?’ And he said, ‘Don’t worry about it, babe,'” she recalled.

Sanchez also said that her brother told his 10-year-old son not to say anything about what had happened.

Unlike previous witnesses, she characterized an initial encounter between the defendants and Stow’s group as a mutual fight rather than an unprovoked attack.

Sanchez also denied provoking a second assault by telling her brother that the men made disrespectful comments about them.

She admitted that she heard one of the Giants fans say, “Why do they have to take things so serious … like a <runtime:topic id=”HEISY000062″>heart attack</runtime:topic>.”

She told her brother that the men had been talking about them, and he and Norwood chased after the Giants fans.

But Sanchez denied that she provoked the fight: “It was simple conversation,” she said. “It wasn’t like I was egging them on.”

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