Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

LA coroner rules woman killed by foul ball at Dodger Stadium

LA coroner rules woman killed by foul ball at Dodger Stadium

A 79-year-old woman died last August after being struck in the head by a foul ball during a game at Dodger Stadium, ESPN Outside the Lines reports.

Linda Goldbloom, 79, died August 29, ESPN reported Tuesday, citing a Los Angeles County coroner's report.

The coroner's report cited by ESPN states the cause as "acute intracranial hemorrhage due to history of blunt force trauma" and notes that she sustained the injury when she was hit in the head with a baseball.

Per a coroner's report, Linda Goldbloom died of "acute intracranial hemorrhage due to history of blunt force trauma", stemming from a line drive during a game between the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers on August 25. The ball flew over the protective netting and hit Goldbloom.

Goldbloom, a mother of three and grandmother of seven, was a "true fan" of the Dodgers, her daughter said. We were deeply saddened by this tragic accident and the passing of Mrs. Goldbloom.

Per Weinbaum, Jana Brody, the daughter of Mrs. Goldbloom, said "that she and her family would not comment on any agreement with the Dodgers or possible legal action, but she said she hopes to have a fund established in her mother's memory to assist victims of such accidents and their families".

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It was unclear what exactly the team meant by resolving the matter, and the Goldbloom family refused to comment on any terms that may have been agreed to.

It is the first such death in Major League Baseball (MLB) in 50 years.

The foul ball reportedly came in the ninth inning off the bat of a Padres player during a plate appearance against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen. One fan died after an incident at Griffith Stadium in Washington in 1943, the other at Dodger Stadium in 1970.

Last season, all major league teams extended protective netting at their stadiums, but Goldbloom's seats were just beyond the area that had the netting.

A series of spectator injuries in 2017 prompted the push for expanded safety measures. They were joined by two family members.

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