Eerily similar to the assault that Bryan Stow sustained on the evening of the 2011 Dodgers Opening Day game, this past Friday night October 9, 2015, yet another opposing team's fan was brutally beaten in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium. Witnesses said the ordeal began in the Dodger parking lot at around 10:30 PM. One man, identified as a Mets fan, was punched in the head so hard by a Dodgers fan, he fell, hit the ground and began bleeding profusely -almost in identical fashion and Bryan Stow. According to witness Maria Cerecer, it was other Dodgers fans who were first to the injured man's aid, "[T]here was a gentleman on the floor and [he] was bleeding profusely from the head. We got free rally towels that night, so they were holding the rally towels to his head." Like Bryan, the victim is now in critical but stable condition at an USC County Hospital.
This incident of parking lot fan violence is all-too-familiar and security at Dodger Stadium has been under scrutiny for years. Just last year Girardi | Keese attorneys Tom Girardi, Christopher Aumais, and David Lira obtained a nearly $18 million verdict for Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan who was brutally beaten by two men in the Dodgers' parking lot on opening day. Stow, an EMT and father of two, suffered serious brain damage and remains severely impaired from the attack. The two men -- Marvin Norwood and Louie Sanchez -- later pleaded guilty to beating Stow and were sent to federal prison. With the knowledge and expertise of Girardi | Keese's inadequate security attorneys, Mr. Stow sued the Dodgers and their former owner Frank McCourt, saying they were to blame for the attack because of insufficient security and lighting. After a six-week trial, the jury found for Stow and faulted the Dodgers team, along with Stow's attackers Sanchez and Norwood, and awarded Stow nearly $18 million.
Just as in the Stow case, it appears Dodgers' security personnel again failed to properly provide aid to the most recent victim on Friday night. Our hearts are with him and his family in this difficult time. LAPD investigators are still collecting information, and if you have any questions about your rights and protections while attending sporting events, please contact us via the "Get the Answers You Need" box to the left of this article, and see our article on sporting event accidents here: