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Stow Civil Case Update

 

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A man who was with fellow San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow when he was attacked by two home team fans at Dodger Stadium testified Tuesday that his friend was blindsided by a punch that caused him to fall backward and hit his head on the pavement with a ``sickening'' thud.


``It was a crack,'' Corey Maciel said. ``Fist hitting bone, that's the only way I can describe it.''

Maciel said that he, Stow, Alan ``Jeff'' Bradford and Matthew Lee were confronted while walking through parking lot 2 to get a taxi outside the stadium after the opening-day game between the Dodgers and Giants on March 31, 2011. All were wearing Giants apparel.

Testifying in Los Angeles Superior Court in trial of Stow's negligence lawsuit against former team owner Frank McCourt and Los Angeles Dodgers LLC, Maciel said the attack on Stow occurred about five minutes after an initial confrontation during which Dodgers fan Louie Sanchez shoved Stow, causing him  to fall against Maciel.

Maciel said he thought the first incident was an isolated confrontation and that he and the others could safely reach their destination without a second faceoff occurring. He said he saw no security officers or police in the area during either skirmish with Sanchez and his friend, Marvin Norwood.

Maciel said he quickly realized the severity of Stow's injuries -- which resulted in permanent brain damage -- after he saw the back of his friend's head bounce off the pavement during the second engagement.

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