According to the New York Post, a 46-year-old man named Jason Kooken has been given a $2 million settlement after being injured by stage diver during an April 2, 2017 benefit show for the late Dave Franklin (Vision) at Asbury Park Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ. The incident took place during a set from Agnostic Front, who were performing with fill-in vocalist Mark Ryan (Supertouch).
Kooken’s attorney Mark Morris commented:
“This individual walked right past security, climbed on the stage, pointed and then corkscrewed his body over the band’s lead singer, flipping directly onto Mr. Kooken’s head.”
Kooken ended up with partial paralysis and had to undergo emergency spinal surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. After the operation, he also had to spend months in a rehabilitation facility.
In March 2019, Kooken filed a lawsuit against Asbury Audio, Inc., which organized the event, and they ultimately settled for $2 million. Morris continued:
“People who go to concerts should not have to worry about someone landing on their head. It is important concert venues and promoters develop comprehensive safety plans and hire competent security people that don’t let this kind of thing happen. We hope by achieving this result, we can prevent this kind of thing from happening to others in the future.”