- The Washington Times - Monday, May 27, 2002

A concertgoer was seriously injured in a fall from the upper deck at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium yesterday, less than 24 hours after 30 music fans were hurt by violent "dancing" during a performance by rapper Eminem.
The fall was the latest incident marring HFStival, a two-day event sponsored by radio station WHFS-FM (99.1). D.C. police Inspector Hilton Burton said undercover police in the crowd have made 38 arrests on possession of narcotics including Ecstasy, marijuana, heroin and cocaine since Saturday morning.
Alan Etter, a spokesman for the D.C. fire department, said the victim is in his 20s and was airlifted to Washington Hospital Center, where he was in critical condition.
On Saturday, a 20-year-old man suffered a heart attack and four others were hospitalized in a stampede in the "mosh pit," the area of aggressive dancing, pushing and shoving directly in front of the stage. Witnesses said many people weren't aware that the heart attack victim had fallen, so they kept on dancing. The man remained unconscious last night at George Washington University Hospital.
"There were fights and a lot of pushing and shoving," said Brent Turner, 17, of Damascus, who said he witnessed the disturbance.
Yesterday, many patrons said the mood was more subdued.
"I think people are more chilled out today. No one wants anyone getting hurt," said Sarah Jiminez, 23, who attended the festival with her two friends, Jessie and Dahlia.
The daylong concerts included a number of acts on several stages inside and outside the stadium.
The concert has had its share of unpleasant incidents over the past two years.
Last year, after receiving tips about drug trafficking at recent concerts, officers from D.C.and federal forces made 12 arrests.
Two years ago, a young woman was struck by lightning.


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