“This is not an accident" - Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado on the critical injury of a security guard at the Ultra Musical Festival
Billed as one of the top electronic music festivals in the world, Ultra Fest attracts between 50,000 to 60,000 fans each day during the three-day festival held at Bayfront Park in Miami. This year, the festival attracted more than its share of trouble.
In addition to almost 100 arrests, including numerous felony charges, 28-year old security guard Erica Mack was trampled when unticketed festival goers pushed down a perimeter fence to gain free access to the venue. According to officials, the incident occurred as follows:
- On the afternoon of Friday, March 28, police identified a security gate on festival grounds at Southeast First Street and Biscayne Boulevard that required additional fencing. Ultra Fest began at 4:00 PM in the afternoon. Festival staff did not act on the police recommendation. Between 8:00 and 9:00 PM, a mob of people approached the security gate.
- According to witnesses, despite the efforts of security guard Erica Mack, the mob pushed the gate over on top of Ms. Mack. Overrun, Ms. Mack suffered brain trauma and a broken leg before an unidentified person stepped up to stop the crush of people trampling Ms. Mack.
Hospitalized and in critical condition, Ms. Mack faces a long and uncertain road to recovery.
In commenting on his wish the festival be moved to a different venue next year, Mayor Regalado said festival organizers “acted irresponsibly” in causing the injury to occur. Marc Sarnoff, Miami Commissioner, noted “[w]e knew better and we should have done better for her.”
Serious injury is not often caused by accident, but by negligence. If you are injured in Florida, seek skilled legal help.