A woman suffered a life-changing injury during a recent Kenny Chesney concert at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa.
“I heard everything crack. Everything in my back cracked,” concertgoer Joelene Hess told Action News 4. Hess says she was watching Chesney perform when a man standing in the row behind her toppled onto her before rolling down several more rows. The hit left her unable to sit up and sent her to the hospital where she stayed for three days. She now has to wear a back brace for four weeks until the injury heals.
“I can’t lift, I’m not allowed to drive, there is no showers, there is no summer vacation because I have to wear this constant until I go to bed,” Hess said. The injury has left her unable to work or fully take care of her three children. The man who fell on top of her was escorted out of the building, but received no other punishment for the events.
“I’m angry,” Hess said. “I went to the Kenny Chesney concert with my girls, I bought her the tickets for her birthday, then I got home today from that concert. That’s not fair to me. He walked away, and I went to the hospital for three days.”
Even though officials do not know his identity, Hess wants to find the man who caused the injury. “You have to be responsible for the actions you cause, and that’s what I’m getting at,” Hess said. “You have to be responsible for that, and he crushed me.”
The family says the man was about 6’2″, weighed between 250 and 300 pounds, and was wearing a grey cut-off T-shirt. Pittsburgh Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten says that they are still investigating the incident.
“Safety is a high priority at Heinz Field. We take these things very seriously, and we are in the process of gathering information to find out what happened and who was involved.”