Miami, FL (April 17, 2014)—Organizers of the Ultra Music Festival, a three-day Electronic Music festival that draws more than 160,000 people annually, recently released a statement regarding the March 28th incident where fans attempting to crash a fence trampled a security guard, sending her to the hospital with severe brain hemorrhaging and a broken leg.
“The event organizers of Ultra Music Festival share the sentiments of our security partner, CSC, with regard to the condition of Erica Mack, the security guard currently receiving treatment at Jackson Memorial Hospital,” the statement said. “The Ultra Family hopes for a swift and full recovery.”
“The event organizers prohibit any form of unlawful entry in to the event grounds,” continued the statement. “Preliminary investigations show that the incident was caused by individuals not in possession of event tickets and who were determined to gain unauthorized entry. Every year, the event organizers work collaboratively with police and other municipal partners, along with the organizers’ independent security partners to ensure the safety of all patrons, crew and working personnel. Because a thorough investigation is underway, event organizers regret that additional comment cannot be provided at this time. The event coordinators are cooperating fully with investigative authorities.”
The incident caused some city officials, including Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado and Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, to initially push for an end to the festival. In the weeks since, the pair have withdrawn their push to ban the festival and have instead requested to have the issue discussed at an upcoming City Commission meeting on April 24.
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