Parents Point To Baseball Stadium Railings In Son's Death
This mom and dad are devastated. Their only son, a big baseball fan was killed after plunging from the upper deck of Turner Field Stadium in Atlanta.
The death of Ronald Homer is getting national attention. But who is really to blame for the 85-foot fall that took his life?
Crowd Safety expert Paul Wertheimer told INSIDE EDITION, "Accidents involving people falling over railings and being injured certainly appears to be happening with some frequency nowadays."
The 30-year-old landscaper was a baseball fanatic. He even played in little league. Last week he went to the Braves - Phillies game, but when rain delayed the start, Homer headed to a section of the upper concourse where fans are allowed to smoke. There, he took a call from his mom, Connie.
Connie told INSIDE EDITION, "He said, 'I love you, mom.' And I said 'Love you, son.' And that was it. I never dreamt I would never speak to him again."
Homer was a towering six-foot-six, and the safety railings where he stood were only three-and-a-half feet. That means the rail didn't even reach his waist. His parents think that he may have fallen when he leaned over to check out luxury cars in the players parking lot.
And Homer's mom says, her son wasn't drunk.
"No. Drinking did not make him fall," said Connie.
Since 2003, there have been more than two dozen cases of fans falling at stadiums across the United States. One 39-year-old fan fell to his death at a Texas Rangers game in 2011 when he reached for a ball. His seven-year-old son was at his side when he fell.
"The public is not really aware of the limitations of railings. They can only do so much. They are designed to be barriers to protect us from danger, and they should be respected as such and not push the safety envelope," said Wertheimer.
After that fatality, the Rangers raised front-row railings, some by more than a foot.
Ronald Homer's parents want the Atlanta Braves to take similar action so some good can come from their tragic loss.
"It shouldn't have happened. They let my son down," said Connie.