Earlier this season we relayed to you the story of 16-year-old Maggie Herger wearing Canucks clothes to a game in San Jose when she was concussed by a fan behind her. The story included such details as the girl having undergone brain surgery to remove tumors in the past and other Sharks fans taunting her as she was loaded into an ambulance.
It was a sad story, maybe as much for the general theme of fan violence at games as much as it was about the details of the specific case here.
The result (besides the concussion for the girl) is no charges will be filed by Santa Clara County against the woman who hit Herger. There was no evidence to bring about charges on and the offending woman was overheard telling ushers at the game that it was accidental.
"Our hearts go out to the young woman and her family," Santa Clara County Assistant District Attorney David Howe said in a statement. "No fan should worry about their safety at a sporting event. However, the evidence is insufficient to establish who committed the act that resulted in the teen's injury and whether that act was intentional or accidental."
The incident occurred (ugh, I've been watching too many Shanahan videos) just after the Sharks scored, so potential eye witnesses were all celebrating. Herger and her sister said the woman was intoxicated and had been badgering them all game.
Naturally the Herger family was left disappointed by the news but at this point they are ready to move on.
Helping Herger get over the ugly scenario has been the Canucks organization, including Ryan Kesler. Kesler, her favorite player, wrote her a letter with a signed photo and some other memorabilia.
Personally, I really hope that what happened really was an accident. I mean, if the woman was intoxicated, it would seem very plausible that she would stumble when standing up and fall forward, thus hitting Herger. If not then somebody just got away with assault in front of close to 18,000 other people.