Authorities have identified the man who died while working clean-up at the Super Bowl.
Shawn Eugene Lee, aged 44, was helping to dismantle a tent outside State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona when he suffered a fatal accident on Saturday, as reported by NBC News.
According to the local CBS affiliate KPHO, Lee had a safety vest on which was fastened to an ATV located nearby, but it is unknown why he was connected to the vehicle.
According to NBC News, while Shawn Eugene Lee was working at a height of around 20 feet above the ground, someone got onto the ATV and drove away, causing him to be pulled to the ground and dragged by the vehicle, resulting in fatal injuries that were determined to be blunt force trauma by the Maricopa County coroner.
Lee’s death was classified as an industrial accident. The individual who drove the ATV is reportedly cooperating with the police, and NBC affiliate KPNX stated that he is not expected to face charges as he was not under the influence of any impairing substances at the time of the incident.
The authorities are currently conducting a thorough investigation into the matter. Lee, a resident of Rossville, Georgia, a southern suburb of Chattanooga, Tennessee, worked for Chattanooga Tent, a temporary structure company, as his family informed the Chattanooga ABC affiliate WTVC.
Lee had traveled to Arizona with the company specifically for the set-up and tear-down activities associated with the Feb. 12 Super Bowl.
Despite being an experienced employee, Super Bowl LVII was his first time working at the major event.
“Shawn was very kindhearted, loved, and respected everyone. He was a huge Georgia Bulldogs baseball and football fan. Loved to fish and be outdoors,” his niece told WTVC. “My Uncle Shawn was proud of his family, he loved us very much and made sure we knew every opportunity he had.”