A man died yesterday after falling about seven stories from a ramp at SkyDome during the seventh inning of Monday's Toronto Blue Jays' game with the Boston Red Sox.
Kenneth Piery, 39, of Kincardine, Ontario, fell to the stadium's ground floor from its top level at 10:45 p.m., Toronto Police Det. Al Brown said. He said Piery was taken to St. Michael's Hospital where he later died of "massive head and neck injuries."
"The victim decided to jump from ramp to ramp. He jumped on top of the ramp and lost his balance and down he went," Brown said.
Not so, said Piery's wife Donna.
"The whole thing was just a fluke," she said. "It was his first time there. He was just excited about being a spectator."
She said her husband had not had a drop to drink.
"He was just sitting on the railing. He definitely was not jumping from ramp to ramp," said Mrs. Piery, who did not attend the game.
The three friends who went to the game with Piery all sat on the railing just before him and are "shocked at how easily it could happen," she said.
SkyDome officials are investigating the accident to determine if anything can be done to prevent future tragedies.
It's the second time in a month that someone has had a serious fall from a SkyDome pedestrian ramp.
* BRAVES: Otis Nixon, the National League's top base-stealer, began his four-game suspension last night for his part in a brawl June 4 between the Braves and the Phillies.