04/16/08 11:33 AM ET
Man dies in fall at Shea Stadium
By Anthony DiComo / MLB.com
Antonio Nararainsami, 36, of Brooklyn, was leaving the Mets game against the Nationals with his two daughters and several other relatives when he fell from an escalator below the left field stands. Nararainsami landed on a concrete floor and was rushed to a hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead a half-hour later.
"We have been advised of a tragic accident that resulted in the death of a fan attending tonight's game," the Mets said in a statement. "The Mets, the City Parks Department and the New York Police Department are investigating the incident. Our deepest and heartfelt condolences go out to the fan's family."
Nararainsami lost his footing on the escalator and fell, his cousin Kevin Prashad told The Associated Press. It appeared to be an accident, and police had not filed charges as of Wednesday morning. Prashad attended the game with Nararainsami while the victim's wife, pregnant with their third child, remained at home in Brooklyn.
The fall marked the second accident of this nature at Shea, which will close later this year. A 21-year-old Yonkers man died in 1985 after falling 100 feet from an escalator, according to AP.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.