Man found dead in lake at SoFi Stadium had ‘entered’, jumped into water, official says

Firefighters and dive crews recovered a body from an artificial lake outside SoFi Stadium on Wednesday after receiving reports of a person jumping in the water, authorities said.

At 6:01 a.m., an unidentified 45-year-old man pulled into the stadium parking lot, Inglewood Mayor James Butts said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference. Two minutes later, security personnel called the police.

The man was last seen around 6:13 a.m. entering the water and heading toward the middle of the lake, Butts said. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Law Enforcement Office and LA County Fire Department were called at 6:21 a.m.

The man’s body was found at 9:48 a.m., Butts said.

“We don’t know why he was on the property and we haven’t identified him,” Butts said. “They have a lot of surveillance footage. … We don’t know why he got into the water.

Two security guards went to the lake when the man was spotted on surveillance video, but by then the man was already in the water, Butts said, adding he had no haven’t seen the pictures. By the time divers and firefighters arrived, the man had not been seen “for some time”.

“Honestly, he was someone who made a conscious decision to encroach on the property, to enter the lake, and he ended up in distress and in difficulty,” Butts said. “So I don’t think SoFi could have done anything to prevent that.”

Lake Park is south of the stadium and the 5.5-acre lake holds about 11 million gallons of water, according to the developers of SoFi Stadium, home to the Rams and Chargers NFL teams.

The 70,240-seat stadium sits adjacent to the Forum and construction began in November 2016. The SoFi stadium cost at least $5 billion and has been called the most expensive stadium built in the United States.

It was the site of several fatalities during construction.

Contractor Juan Becerra, 37, of Brownsville, Texas, died June 5, 2020, after stepping on an unsupported area of ​​the roof under construction.

About a month later, construction worker Simon Fite, 32, of Compton died on July 7, 2020. An autopsy report said Fite died of “cocaine intoxication” and a heat exhaustion.

On September 25, 2020, two weeks after opening day, 25-year-old Sergio Rojo was found dead from a stab wound to the neck on the stadium pitch. An autopsy report indicates that Rojo died in an accident from a “vivid force injury”. Two knives and a blade were found near his body, which was discovered under a trailer. It was believed that Rojo was homeless.

On December 16 of that year, construction worker Luis Escobar, 34, was fatally pinned by a metal beam in an accident involving a crane in the nearby commercial district that was under development, according to a carrier. word of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health. The Rams hosted the New York Jets four days later.

Times writer Nathan Fenno contributed to this report.

Los Angeles Times

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