Fatal escalator fall at The Pier at Caesars ruled accidental

Atlantic City – Authorities are calling James P. Vellanti’s 30- to 40-foot fall from an escalator early Sunday at The Pier at Caesars an accidental death.

Atlantic County Medical Examiner Dr. Hydow Park found multiple traumatic injuries in Vellanti’s autopsy. City police and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office are adhering to Park’s ruling unless new information turns up.

The escalator from which Vellanti fell travels from the third to the second floor. Frank Gilbert Jr., of Galloway Township, fell from the same one in August 2008, after witnesses said he sat on the handrail.

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