May 10, 2007
A 48-year-old man died Monday night while attempting to do a flip at a parking lot at 234 North St., police said. Robert Stitt of New Britain was among a group of friends who were drinking at the lot around 8:34 p.m., dancing and trying to outdo each other's moves, said Stitt's friend John Boxley, 39. "It was just two guys dancing. Everybody was laughing," said Boxley. James Brown was on the radio and Stitt wanted to outdo a rival dancer who had flipped in the air. Stitt took off his shirt and, urged on by cheers from the group, attempted a frontward flip and landed on his head, Boxley said. Boxley went to his friend, who was lying face down. He said he thought Stitt couldn't breathe. He lifted Stitt's head and heard him take three breaths. Stitt went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at a local hospital, police said. Based on witness accounts, the man's death is not suspicious, police said. "It was a bunch of older guys who thought they were still young," Boxley said.