A Missouri man’s family is searching for answers after the 44-year-old was found unconscious at a Dave Matthews Band concert just minutes after he had gone to retrieve a souvenir T-shirt his wife had accidentally left at the couple’s seats. The father of 10-year-old twins later died at a local hospital.
Paramedics found Jasen Smith unconscious and suffering from a severe head injury at the Maryland Heights’ Hollywood Casino Ampitheater, local station KMIZ reports.
His wife, Darcy Smith, told authorities that her husband had gone back to retrieve a T-shirt that had been left behind. When he didn’t return after a few minutes, she tried calling him but a paramedic answered the phone instead, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Maryland Heights Police are investigating the case as a “suspicious death” and are looking for a male witness in his late 20’s who may have seen Jasen fall to the pavement.
“This person summoned a security guard and stated that he saw the injured man and that his injuries were very serious,” police said in a statement.
The person also told the security guard that he was in the medical field.
“Right now we’re just trying to find out: Was it an accident? Was it nefarious? Was it foul play? We don’t know and we’re keeping all options open,” Maryland Heights Detective Sgt. Rich White told the local paper.
Chip Gentry, an attorney representing the family, said Jasen suffered a blunt force injury to the back of his head. The injury, which they believe was caused by someone or something hitting Jasen, fractured his skull and cut his lip.
His family doesn’t believe that he ever made it to his seats before getting injured and said no T-shirt was found near him. He was lying on a concrete pathway between the seats and lawn area when paramedics arrived.
“Jasen was not the kind of guy that’s going to fight someone for a T-shirt,” Gentry said.
He described the local business owner as a great father.
“He ran a really neat car lot in town that specialized in custom trucks. There were 1,000 people at his memorial service. He had a good reputation and a lot of friends. He coached his kids’ teams,” Gentry said.
Gentry said Jasen’s family is “devastated” by the shocking death.
Anyone with information about the death is urged to contact authorities.
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