Ultra Music Festival

Security guard trampled at Ultra Music Festival in Miami released from hospital

 

priley@MiamiHerald.com

The security guard who was trampled and severely injured when a mob of people crashed the fence at Ultra Music Festival was released from the hospital late Thursday, according to her attorney.

Eric Isicoff, who is representing Ericka Mack, 28, said his client was “showing signs of improvement,” but added that “she’s still in pain.”

Mack, of Miami, suffered a skull fracture and a broken leg when a frenzied crowd tried to gain access to the popular electronic music festival by charging a fence. She had surgery on her leg Wednesday morning, Isicoff said, and is now recovering at her parents’ home.

“There is home care for her,” Isicoff said. “Right now she isn’t going anywhere. There’s going to be more testing so we can get some further prognosis. It’s going to be a slow process for her.”

Mack suffered a head trauma that left her without any recollection of the tragic incident on the first night of the three-day festival. Doctors are not sure whether that memory will ever come back, Isicoff said.

“Sometimes the details come back, in part, in whole, sometimes never,” Isicoff said. “There is no way of knowing.”

Mack, a Miami native, attended Johnson and Wales University in North Miami, where she earned an associate’s degree in culinary art. After working as a chef at La Gorce Country Club in Miami Beach for almost four years, she went back to school to become a teacher, Isicoff said.

She started working part time for a private security firm. “This was her first time working Ultra,” Isicoff said.

Following the incident, Miami city officials debated whether the annual music festival — first held in 1999 — should be allowed back in city limits in the future. A highly anticipated vote by commissioners was set for Thursday, but was pulled abruptly from the agenda. The resolution, co-sponsored by Mayor Tomás Regalado and Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, asked commissioners to oust the festival from Bayfront Park, citing, among other things, that Ultra breached its contract when organizers failed to install a stronger fence at the location where Mack was trampled.

The commission is scheduled to discuss Ultra at its April 24 meeting.

When asked whether Mack was aware of the controversy surrounding the festival, Isicoff confirmed it, adding that “whether Ultra comes or goes is not one of the high priorities for her or her family.”

“Her recovery is what she is most concerned with,” Isicoff said.

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