Fenway Climber Goes Free

A complaint will be dropped against a Connecticut woman who fell from the rafters of Boston’s Fenway Park during an August 21st Rolling Stones concert – if she stays out of trouble for six months.

At a December 15th hearing in Boston Municipal Court, a clerk magistrate declined to issue the misdemeanor charge that had been sought by police against Claire O’Leary.

The woman broke both ankles and her wrist after climbing into the right-field rafters then falling 35 feet to the seats below. Some fans were reportedly angered that they had to be moved during the concert so police could try to lure O’Leary down.

Officials sought to charge her with disturbing a public assembly, and the hearing was to determine if such a charge was warranted.

Clerk Magistrate Mark Concannon said police agreed to suspend the complaint after considering O’Leary’s clean record and the severity of her injuries. She could not walk until late November, Concannon added.

“Based on her medical record, she may never be able to run again,” he said. “She still walks very slowly and with a noticeable limp.”