Photographer Breaks Her Spine At Rams Parade During Celebration


Los Angeles Rams Super Bowl LVI Victory Parade & Rally

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A photographer at the Los Angeles Rams victory parade fell off the stage in a stunning scene fit for a movie but with real-life impact. And her friends are stepping up to help her out.

Kelly Smiley was standing at the edge of the stage with cameras hanging from both shoulders when a live feed at the event caught her suddenly falling straight down out of the picture. Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford and Kelly Stafford, his wife, were standing near her when it happened. Kelly came to her aid as much as she could from the stage and the feed pulled back into a wide shot of the stage and crowd.

She shared an update on her Instagram story, writing "Feeling ok. Staying the night in the trauma center. Thank you everyone for reaching out." There was a brace around her torso.

Smiley is an award-winning photographer who attended San Diego State University and is an "Aztec legend," Austin Gayle of PFF shared on Twitter. She works full-time as a photo editor for the NFL.

Photo: Getty Images


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