SoFi Stadium fight: 49ers fan emerges from medically induced coma, family spokesperson says

A family friend of the family gave an update on Daniel Luna late Wednesday afternoon

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
SoFi Stadium fight: 49ers fan undergoes surgical procedure on skull
A 49ers fan underwent a surgical procedure on his skull and remains in critical condition after a violent altercation outside SoFi Stadium, his attorney said.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- More than five weeks after being critically injured in an altercation outside SoFi Stadium, a 49ers fan who underwent a surgical procedure on his skull has emerged from a medically induced coma, a family spokesperson said Wednesday.

Daniel Luna remains hospitalized and is expected to be released to physical rehabilitation sometime this month, the spokesperson said in a statement to ABC7 in Los Angeles.

Luna "remains significantly disabled by the attack against him at SoFi Stadium, but is hoping to return to his restaurant someday and return to cooking and all his wonderful customers," the statement said. Luna owns a restaurant in Oakland, where his wife works as the host.

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"This incident occurred in less than five seconds," Mayor Butts said, and that it ended with Oakland resident Daniel Luna falling on his head.

Luna was hospitalized at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center after he pushed a man from behind and was then punched, fell and struck his head on the ground during the NFC championship game between the 49ers and the Rams, officials said, citing surveillance video of the confrontation.

For several days, police sought the man who threw a punch based on a blurry video and the license plate of a car in the stadium's parking lot. On Feb. 4, they announced the arrest of Los Angeles resident Bryan Alexis Cifuentes-Rossell, 33, for investigation of assault by means to produce great bodily injury. He was released on $30,000 bail.

That same day, Luna underwent right hemicraniectomy, "which is a very serious surgery where they have to remove part of the skull in order to relieve pressure on the brain," attorney Jonathan Davis said in an interview with ABC7 several days after the procedure.

A family friend of the Luna family released the following statement to ABC7's Cornell Barnard late Wednesday afternoon writing:

"Thanks to the community for your prayers, Daniel is out of the medically induced coma walking talking and eating. He has been getting physical therapy and will be home soon. God is good."

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