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Authorities Identify Man Who Died From Fall At Reliant Stadium

By ANNA-MEGAN RALEY, CBS Houston
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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Authorities have released the name of the 25-year old man who fell to his death while horsing around on an escalator at Reliant Stadium Thursday night during the Texans preseason finale.

The man, identified by Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences as Jonathan Kelly, had allegedly tried to slide down the outside of the handrail on the escalator at the Coca-Cola Gate near the northeast side of stadium when he fell approximately 60 feet, landing on the pavement, police said.

Jodi Silva, a spokesman for Houston Police Department, says police have not confirmed if the man had actually been horse-playing. HPD is still investigating what is being called as an accidental death.

Stadium officials would not comment about any additional safety features on the escalators.

“Because the investigation is still ongoing, we’re not making any comment regarding the escalators,” spokeswoman Angela Gutierrez said during. “For right now that’s all we can tell you.”

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