One of the worst stories to come out of the Ultra Music Festival this year was the situation involving the stampede and trampling of CSC security guard Erica Mack, who was run over by gatecrashers trying to get into the festival on Friday night. With the mayor and other Miami city leaders looking to put an end to the EDM festival, Ultra has released a statement regarding this incident:
"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 Ultra Family hopes for a swift and full recovery.
The event organizers prohibit any form of unlawful entry in to the event grounds. 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 Miami New Times spoke with Ivette Lozano, who is a DAD reader and took the picture that we included in our initial news piece. Ivette was there when the stampede took place, and it sounds just as awful as you'd expect:
"They all knew what they were going to do. I'm sure they didn't mean to hurt her but they were very much aware that she was standing there. The first couple of people must have seen her because they were stepping all over her.
"People from all around starting running over, running over her, trampling her. I was frozen in place.
"The cops literally looked at it and just shrugged and called it in on the radio. They knew that it was too much for them, and they didn't know the security guard was getting trampled."
Ivette goes on to speak on how Mack's leg had to be "twisted" back into place. Sounds horrific, and it is horrific. We're wondering what the conversation between Ultra organizers and the City of Miami will be in reevaluating a 2015 festival.