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Pot, booze factors in Coors Field fatal fall

Colorado RockiesA Colorado Rockies fan who fell to his death at Coors Field in May had THC in his system and a blood-alcohol level twice the legal threshold for drunkenness, according to an autopsy released today.

Robert Seamans, a 27-year-old from Pueblo, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 — more than twice the 0.08 level Colorado consider drunk for drivers. In addition, an autopsy indicated the presence of THC, an active ingredient in marijuana, in his blood.

He was sliding down a handrail at Coors Field May 24 when he slipped into a stairwell heading down from the outfield Rockpile section, striking his head in the process. He was declared brain-dead soon after being transported to a hospital.

The death was the first at Coors Field since it opened.

When the accident occurred, it did not make the national impact that the attack on Bryan Stow or the death of Shannon Stone had at ballparks earlier this season; it was reported from the beginning that Seamans’ actions precipitated the fall, and no amount of care or design could prevent such an accident.


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