Mom was bench-jumping with 2-year-old son before the fatal fall from Petco Park: Witness
watch watch A tragic fall over the weekend kills a woman and a child At Petco Park, she said the woman appeared to lose her balance after jumping off the bench near the railing on level three of the field, KTLA’s sister station KSWB in San Diego reports.
The 40-year-old mother and 2-year-old son died Saturday before the Padres game against the Atlanta Braves after nearly six floors of the baseball arena’s dining area fell nearly six floors. Neither victim has been publicly identified other than that they were San Diego residents.
The San Diego Police Department said the deaths “appeared suspicious.”
A woman who witnessed the incident told KSWB in a statement that both the victims and a man were sitting at the table next to her. The witness said they crossed the aisles with the family before sitting down and were memorable because they had a dog with them.
She said the man was standing with the woman near the railing as the woman began “jumping on the table seat closest to the railing, holding the child in her arms.”
“She seemed happy – laughing,” said the witness. “She lost her balance and fell off the bench. I said to my son, ‘Oh my God she almost fell.'”
After 30 seconds to a minute had passed, the eyewitness said the woman facing the man then jumped onto the seat with the child.
“I remember her saying ‘I can’t believe she’s doing it again,’ and then she’s gone,” she said.
At that moment the woman lost her balance and fell over the edge. The San Diego Rescue Department initially reported that the woman and child fell off a footbridge, but police later confirmed that it happened on a baseball field.
According to the witness, “It looked as if she was rolling on the railing.” What followed, she said, was not screaming, but an eerie silence followed by the sound of her hitting the ground on the pavement below.
“My son said we had to get out of there, so we left the area and went to our seats,” she said. “When my daughter saw that the police were gathering in the area, I went back to give them my statement.”
The Padres issued a statement on Sunday noting that the organization was “deeply saddened by the loss of life at Petco Park.” A temporary memorial was held over the weekend with flowers and candles at the site where the two fell on Tony Gwen Road.
Speaking to KWSB on Monday, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria called the incident “horrific tragic. He noted that there were “many unusual circumstances around the case” that were still being investigated.
“There were many witnesses – unfortunately no cameras – but many of the witnesses who were there were clearly shocked,” Gloria said. This is in addition to the shock of losing a mother and her child. These are very tragic things. This is not why people go to Petco Park. They go for a day of fun, to enjoy the view of the amazing Padres.
“This was not what people experienced on Saturday. It is very tragic,” the mayor added.
Anyone with additional information about the incident was asked to contact the police at 619-531-2293.