Woman dies during dash for hidden diamond

Monday, August 26, 2002

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- A woman taking part in a minor-league baseball promotion collapsed and died while running across a ballpark in search of a hidden diamond.

Victoria Lampe, 28, was among about 250 women and girls who took part in the promotion after Friday night's game between the Orlando Rays and Jacksonville Suns.

The object of the promotion was for the women to run to the infield and search through the dirt for a small box containing a diamond, said Rick Vaughn, public relations vice president of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, parent of the Orlando team.

"Just as she got to the infield, she collapsed face first," Vaughn said.

Lampe, of Orlando, was not breathing and had no pulse when paramedics arrived, Bo Jones, a spokesman for Reedy Creek Fire Department, said Saturday.

The cause of death had not been determined.

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