Friday, February 21, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The authority that manages the Oakland Raiders' stadium is set to honor a man who saved a woman's life after she jumped from the third level of the coliseum.
The Joint Powers Authority said in a statement Wednesday that it would honor 61-year-old Donnie Navidad of Stockton in a ceremony on Friday, Feb. 21, at the O.co Coliseum.
Navidad, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam, was among several people on Nov. 24 pleading with a 20-year-old San Jose woman not to jump as he positioned himself to try catching her.
When she plunged about 45 feet from the upper deck, Navidad, with his arms open, ended up breaking her fall.
Both of them hit the concrete hard from the impact and were hospitalized. The woman's name wasn't released.