The Atlanta Braves and Major League Baseball have been sued by the family of the man killed at Turner Field last August, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Ernie Suggs.
Greg Murrey died last season at age 60 after falling from the Turner Field upper deck during the seventh inning of a game between the Braves and New York Yankees. He landed on the concrete in the 200 level behind home plate, and medical personnel performed CPR before placing him on a stretcher and exiting the stadium. He died from his injuries upon arrival at Grady Memorial Hospital.
The lawsuit, claiming negligence, states that the railing over which Murrey fell was only 30 inches high, falling short of the industry-standard 42 inches.
“Had the rail been 42 inches, Mr. Murrey would not have fallen over the rail,” reads the complaint.
According to the report, Murrey’s death was the third fatal fall by a fan at Turner Field since 2008. A 2013 death was ruled a suicide after a fan leapt from a stadium railing to the parking lot below. In 2008, a fan fell an estimated four levels inside the stadium and struck a railing on the lower level.