Man dies after 2-story fall at Toyota Park festival – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Saturday, July 16, 2016

A 29-year-old man died after falling two stories from the mezzanine at Toyota Park in Bridgeview late Friday night during the Chicago Open Air Festival, authorities said.

The man, identified as Robert Smucz, of the 4500 block of North Campbell Avenue in Chicago, was pronounced dead at 10:50 p.m. Friday following the fall, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He had been taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, a police spokesman said Saturday. Smucz died from multiple injuries in an accidental fall, the medical examiner’s office determined following an autopsy Saturday.

An investigation is ongoing, but the fall appears to have been an accident, according to witnesses and friends of the victim, Bridgeview police spokesman Ray Hanania said. The man had been sitting on a railing at the mezzanine level and fell to the concrete below, he said.

The man fell about 10:05 p.m. Friday, the first day of the three-day festival. Open Air features bands, craft beer and “gourmet man food,” according to the website for Toyota Park, which is at 70th Street and Harlem Avenue.


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