SOUTH BEND -- When Coach Brian Kelly was describing the day to IOSHA Investigators, he said it was a beautiful day.
"It was a beautiful day. It was 68 degrees and I remember looking up at 11:54 am and the wind was 22 miles per hours. Practice was pretty typical," Kelly said according to IOSHA investigation documents obtained by WSBT.
The National Weather service had issued a wind advisory.
Tim Collins, the video coordinator, told investigators he dropped the students off at their lifts. He said he had monitored the wind and that wind speeds were "in the mid 20's range."
"Did you tell the students not to raise the lifts any higher than the goal posts?" The investigators asked Collins in the report.
Collins replied, "I told them only to go halfway."
Collins also said, "I noticed the weather when we went went out and felt we were in a safe range to use the lifts."
But in an interview with Reuel Joaquin, Collin's assistant, the two men didn't want to send another female videographer up on a lift because, "w did not think it was necessary to put her up early. So we would not scare her."
"She was a new student worker. She has always filmed in optimal weather conditions. We both felt that it wasn't necessary for her to go up earlier than needed," Joaquin said.
Joaquin also told investigators he remembered Sullivan's comment when he found out practice was outside.
"He made the comment aw man, this sucks."
Minutes before his death, while on top of that scissor lift, Sullivan tweeted "Holy expletive, holy expletive, this is terrifying."
The wind was gusting at over 50 miles per hour when his lift toppled over.