Brendan Paredes, 37, of Wappinger, has been identified as the man who leapt to his death from the Walkway Over the Hudson last Saturday evening by State Police. The Poughkeepsie City Fire Department pulled his corpse from the river a short time later.
The incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. When police and fire officials arrived on the scene, they found Paredes unresponsive in the water. He was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead. An autopsy revealed that he had multiple fractures throughout his body which were likely cause by landing on another object after jumping.
Police have not released any other information about the case. However, several people who knew Paredes told News 4 that he had a history of mental illness and had recently been released from an institution. One friend said that he had heard rumors that Paredes may have been trying to send a message by killing himself but could not confirm this information.
In conclusion, yes, someone has killed themselves by jumping from the Walkway Over the Hudson. This incident is still being investigated by police so no further information is available at this time.
Trooper Keller of New York State Police Troop D verified to ABC50 that a man leapt from the Thousand Islands Bridge into the St. Lawrence River on Tuesday, August 3. This incident occurred about 1:18 p.m. and is being investigated as a suicide. The man was identified by police as James McNaughton, 55, of Ogdensburg, New York.
McNaughton is the 13th person to jump from this landmark bridge and its first since 2006.
"People ask me why I think someone would want to kill themselves by jumping off this bridge," said Trooper Keller. "I tell them it's because of the height. It's the highest free-standing bridge span in the state."
The Thousand Islands Bridge is a two-lane, cable-stayed bridge that connects the United States with Canada across the St. Lawrence River. Opened in 1953, this unique structure crosses over some of the most beautiful natural scenery in North America. It connects the cities of Ogdensburg, New York and Saint John, New Brunswick.
Suicide is a major public health issue. Nearly 45,000 people in the U.S. will commit suicide this year. Of those cases, 98% will be attempted suicides.
A guy jumped from a moving automobile on Auckland's Harbour Bridge and then jumped off the bridge, surviving the fall into the ocean. The jumper evaded death in the 43-meter fall by swimming to safety. He was sent to the hospital with minor injuries. Police said they did not suspect any criminal activity.
The incident occurred at about 4:30 p.m. on September 5 when a 32-year-old man drove his car across the center span of the bridge and stopped just before it reached the edge of the waterway. As he stepped out of the vehicle, he threw a bag over the side of the bridge. Before he could be caught by police diving in to search for the bag, he had disappeared under the surface of the harbor water.
It is believed that the man may have been attempting to evade capture by law enforcement officers who were waiting below to arrest him for another crime. It is not known why he would want to escape from them. Perhaps there was something incriminating in the bag that he did not want found by police.
Bail has been posted for his arrest. The man will be charged with escape if police can locate him.
Escape means to get away from custody or supervision (Oxford English Dictionary). This act of jumping from a high place with no escape route planned makes the case an act of suicide.
After someone jumped over the Bayonne Bridge this afternoon, first responders attempted a water rescue in the Kill Van Kull, according to Deputy Fire Chief Bill Bartos. The photo was provided by the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management.
No one was found alive in the water after several hours of searching, according to authorities. A body has been taken to the medical examiner's office for identification.
The incident occurred at about 3:30 p.m. Bartos said police were called to the scene on Washington Street near its intersection with North River Road. He said officers arrived to find two men in their 20s who had just jumped from the bridge into the river below.
One of the men was able to swim to shore before collapsing and being transported to Jersey City Medical Center by ambulance, officials said. The other man was not as fortunate and was declared dead at the scene.
Bartos said police are investigating whether the men knew each other and what may have led up to their decision to jump. He added that there is no indication that terror was involved in the incident.
The Bayonne Bridge is a double-decker roadway connecting Bayonne, New Jersey, with Staten Island, New York.