Man sues Oklahoma State University over wife's fatal fall at Boone Pickens Stadium

The husband of a woman who died after falling down a flight of stairs at Boone Pickens Stadium is suing Oklahoma State University for negligence. Ronald Mayfield, of Tulsa, is seeking $75,000 in damages in the suit, which was filed Tuesday in Payne County District Court.
by Silas Allen Modified: October 10, 2012 at 8:45 pm •  Published: October 11, 2012

— The husband of a woman who died after falling down a flight of stairs at Boone Pickens Stadium is suing Oklahoma State University for negligence.

Ronald Mayfield, of Tulsa, is seeking $75,000 in damages in the suit, which was filed Tuesday in Payne County District Court.

Mayfield's wife, Charlotte Mayfield, died Dec. 9 after falling in the stands at the Class 3A state championship football game at the stadium. Charlotte Mayfield's grandson, Hunter Hart, played defensive lineman and fullback for Cascia Hall Preparatory School.

During the first quarter of Cascia Hall's loss to Anadarko, Charlotte Mayfield fell backward down a flight of stadium steps and hit her head. She suffered severe head trauma, and was taken by ambulance to Stillwater Medical Center.

She was later flown to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, where she died the next day.

The suit alleges Charlotte Mayfield fell because of the graduated size of the stadium steps, a lack of handrails and the fact that all the steps were painted the same color, making it difficult to see where one step ended and the next began.

OSU spokesman Gary Shutt wouldn't comment on the lawsuit.


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by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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