Horseplay lead to Mets fan's fatal fall?

April 16, 2008 4:46:54 PM PDT
There was a heartbreaking accident at Shea Stadium Tuesday. A father was killed in front of his two young daughters when he fell from an escalator after the game. And now, there are questions about how it happened. Eyewitness News reporter Lisa Colagrossi has more on the story.

Police are still investigating the incident, but source say investigators were told by witnesses the victim was drunk and horsing around when he fell. But, his family says that's not true.

The Narainasami family went to the Mets game excited to see their favorite team play against the Washington Nationals -- instead a horrible tragedy.

"My dad was like really hyped, he was laughing because that's his favorite team..," victim's daughter, Emily Narainasami.

36-year-old, Antonio Narainasami was walking down an unworking escalator after the game, when he fell 4-stories.

Narainasami, a Guyanese native who lived in Brooklyn, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead half an hour later.

His two daughters, 14-year-old Emily, 8-year-old Njoli, and cousins were right behind him.

"He wasn't moving or nothing, he was just walking down. I guess he tried to say something to us, or something and I guess he just lost his balance and flipped over," said Emily.

Kevin Prashad, a cousin who attended the game, said Narainasami was walking down the escalator, which wasn't moving, and was holding the hand rail when he "lost his footing."

The Mets said in a statement that they had been "advised of a tragic accident that resulted in the death of a fan." They said team officials and police were investigating.

"Our deepest and heartfelt condolences go out to the fan's family," the team's statement said.

Narainasami installed heating and air-conditioning systems for a living and loved playing sports. He was actually the team captain of a local cricket club, his relatives said.

His wife, pregnant with their third child, stayed home while the family attended the game.

"He's a loving father, husband and he's always there for us," victim's wife, Eweka Narainasami.

Narainasami's death wasn't the first at Shea. In 1985, a 21-year-old Yonkers man fell 100 feet to his death from an escalator also.