Security guard trampled at Ultra slowly improving
A 28-year-old security guard is slowing recovering at a Miami hospital after she was trampled by ticketless gate-crashers at the Ultra Music Festival.
Dwight Mack told The Miami Herald his daughter is starting to talk, but can't remember what happened on Saturday night when the crowd trampled her. Ericka Mack suffered a skull fracture and a broken leg when the crowd broke through a chain link fence.
"As a father, I was devastated, emotionally. We stood by her bedside and tried to get a sense of all of this," Dwight Mack said. "
Now the family wants answers. They've hired attorney Eric Isicoff, who said he wants to find out what happened that night and hold the right people accountable.
Ultra organizers issued a statement, blaming the "unruly gate crashes." A spokesman said the organization is undertaking a "comprehensive review of all security procedures."
Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa says officers had warned festival officials before the festival began on Friday night that the fencing in the area where Mack was injured needed to be beefed up. He said organizers didn't follow though. Ultra's plans with the city included more secure fencing, which was not installed.
Festival founder Russell Faibisch declined to comment, but through a spokesman said that Mack's well-being and recovery was his main concern.
The family's attorney said he's disappointed that the organization is blaming the crowd for Mack's injuries.
"There's a glaring omission in talking about how they're concerned about Ericka Mack," he said. "There are known measures that could have been and should have been taken. For Ultra to try to pawn this off on an angry mob of kids, it just doesn't fly."
Some city leaders are calling to end the downtown festival. Mayor Tomas Regalado and Commissioner Marc Sarnoff say they'll push for that during an April 10 meeting.
Dwight Mack said his daughter started working for the security firm in September. Her mother also works for the company and was working as an Ultra security guard the night her daughter was injured.
Ericka Mack remains in the hospital.
"She is still suffering," Dwight Mack said. "She's pretty much going day by day."
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