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Woman critically injured after Coliseum fall

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A woman had critical injuries after jumping from the third deck of O.co Coliseum following Sunday's Oakland Raiders game against the Tennessee Titans, according to the Bay Area News Group.

The woman's life was saved when a man broke her 45-foot fall by trying to catch her, but he is also seriously injured.

"He saved her life quite honestly, at his own expense," said Sgt. J.D. Nelson of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office. "This guy 100 percent saved her life. She'd be dead now."

The incident occurred 15 minutes after the Raiders lost 23-19 to the Titans. The 61-year-old Stockton man, who is a Marine Corps veteran, repeatedly shouted "don't do it" from the second deck concourse, according to Nelson.

The woman, who was not been identified, was hospitalized with critical injuries. She was apparently alone before jumping.

The injured man was also taken to a hospital, but was conscious and talking, and is expected to survive.

Nelson visited the man, a lifelong Raiders fan, and described him as a "hero."

"He just couldn't imagine having people see that," Nelson said. "He said it was a reaction. Even now, at the hospital he's very concerned about her. He's a real compassionate person.

"Raider fans get a bad reputation, yet here's this guy that went way over and above what most people would do to try and save this woman."
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