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Trial begins for man who plummeted from railing at Bills game

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The trial for the man who fell from a railing and landed upon another man at Ralph Wilson Stadium has reportedly begun, with the railing rider facing misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor reckless endangerment charges.

According to The Associated Press, the prosecution alleges 29-year-old Robert Hopkins slid on a section of upper deck railing four times before losing his balance and plummeting to a lower level of the stadium, falling upon a 29-year-old man seated in the 200-level of the Bills’ home stadium in Orchard Park, New York.

The incident occurred during the Bills’ November 17 win vs. the Jets.

According to the AP, Hopkins could face as much as a year in prison if found guilty on both charges. Per the report, Hopkins’ lawyer contends the fall was accidental.

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20 Responses to “Trial begins for man who plummeted from railing at Bills game”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 12, 2014 3:25 PM

    What are the odds of a 29 year old man plummeting from a railing and landing on another 29 year old man, amongst a crowd of 60,000? It’s a miracle.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 12, 2014 3:29 PM

    Willful and reckless plummeting.

  3. briscocountyjr says: Jun 12, 2014 3:33 PM

    If the NFL would hasten their decision about using drones for the field of play, they can use another group for monitoring fans and prevent mishaps like this.

    Belichick will use them in a shady way no matter what, but at least this technology can be used for good as well.

  4. trolltoll11 says: Jun 12, 2014 3:36 PM

    “So what are you in for Hopkins?”

    “uhhhhh….”

  5. captainwisdom8888 says: Jun 12, 2014 3:37 PM

    Ohhhh the fall was accidental? And all this time I thought this idiot plummeted to his near death on purpose…silly me.

  6. burnyMack says: Jun 12, 2014 3:39 PM

    “contends the fall was accidental” said his lawyer, Captain Obvious…

  7. briscocountyjr says: Jun 12, 2014 3:50 PM

    “What are the odds of a 29 year old man plummeting from a railing and landing on another 29 year old man, amongst a crowd of 60,000? It’s a miracle.”

    Sure makes a new dimension for pre-empting ‘dirty 30′

  8. ampats says: Jun 12, 2014 3:55 PM

    I’m surprised this hasn’t happened to more Bills fans as following that team would make anyone want to jump off the upper level of what they call a stadium.

  9. iamdinguskhan says: Jun 12, 2014 4:03 PM

    You can’t fix stupid

  10. mackcarrington says: Jun 12, 2014 4:09 PM

    If the NFL would hasten their decision about using drones for the field of play, they can use another group for monitoring fans and prevent mishaps like this.
    ===========================
    And how exactly is a drone gong to prevent someone from falling over a railing? How is a drone going to prevent someone from getting drunk and acting a fool? You must read too many comic books.

  11. digitalsasquatch says: Jun 12, 2014 4:15 PM

    Twenty-something on twenty-something crime? Were they wearing ironic hats?

  12. deltaoracle says: Jun 12, 2014 4:21 PM

    Should be convicted of depraved indifference if nothing else.
    At least 10% of the population should be doing time for that actually, especially the idiots who have to play with their phones while driving.

  13. devildog911 says: Jun 12, 2014 4:22 PM

    I’m betting both 29 year olds are friends and did this trying to get media attention.

  14. tformation says: Jun 12, 2014 4:26 PM

    Did this man start drinking beers at 10:59am on game day?

  15. arcross12042004scorp15 says: Jun 12, 2014 4:29 PM

    Ampats has obviously never been to RWS. It is a great place to watch a game. Some of the best tailgating anywhere. Great lines of sight.
    A younger fan no doubt, before Brady the Pats were not that good. It is all cyclical, the Pats will be down again and then we will see if the Pats fans still go to the games or if it will be empty like it was in the 1990′s.

  16. purpleguy says: Jun 12, 2014 4:37 PM

    Didn’t know it was necessarily a crime to be an idiot.

  17. voorheesma says: Jun 12, 2014 4:45 PM

    No mention of the other dudes injuries? Fine reporting

  18. rupp246 says: Jun 12, 2014 5:37 PM

    The first 4 times was practice. The last one worked like a charm.

  19. jeffreyshulenburg says: Jun 12, 2014 6:32 PM

    For the record, the man he fell on was stretchered out with spine and shoulder injuries

  20. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jun 12, 2014 8:09 PM

    And the Bills want to start the beer drinking earlier this year?

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