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Woman jumps off Coronado bridge after pursuit
San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 6/25/2009 | Debbi Baker

Posted on 06/25/2009 12:40:35 PM PDT by South40

SAN DIEGO — An apparently suicidal woman led officers on a wild, high-speed chase Thursday morning that ended when she jumped off the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and survived.

The woman stopped on the westbound lanes in the middle of the bridge just after 10 a.m. and got out of her car, the California Highway Patrol said. Witnesses said she put her hands and feet on the railing and appeared distraught, the CHP said.

She stood there about five minutes, then got back into her car and drove into Coronado, where officers began following her after receiving 911 calls. She drove around for a few minutes and then turned and headed back over the bridge at speeds estimated at about 75 mph, the CHP said.

She continued north on Interstate 5, where she was clocked at 90 mph as she approached Sassafras Street, the CHP said.

At one point she tried to get off the freeway but changed her mind and continued heading north until she exited at Sea World Drive, ran a red light and then got back on the freeway heading south.

She got off at Washington Street, headed south on Kettner Boulevard, ran a truck off the road, then got back on the highway again and continued until she reached the bridge – still driving at speeds of 90 mph, the CHP said.

The woman then stopped her car and immediately ran to the rail and jumped off.

Rescuers pulled her from the water about 10.25 a.m. “She was communicating with them,” said Coronado police Sgt. Dan Schicker.

One westbound lane of the bridge was briefly closed as officers investigated the incident and removed the woman's car.

Her medical condition has not been released.


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1 posted on 06/25/2009 12:40:36 PM PDT by South40
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To: South40

You know they have a suicide hotline right there on the Coronado Bridge! You think anyone ever used it???


2 posted on 06/25/2009 12:42:31 PM PDT by Hildy (In Venezuela Coke Zero is bad for your h ealth. In the U.S. Zero on Coke is bad for your healthcare.)
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To: Hildy

It’s sad that anyone feels the need to jump. Sounds like she almost chickened out before being chased.


3 posted on 06/25/2009 12:44:38 PM PDT by catbertz
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To: Hildy

Hi Hildy. Yes, I’ve seen the signs. I think my sister-in-law once used it. I know she once stopped her car on the bridge and threatened to jump off. She’s fine now; a very religious lady who volunteers at Scripps Chula Vista.


4 posted on 06/25/2009 12:46:17 PM PDT by South40 (Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance. ~Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: Hildy

Really?

I have to say, most things the gooobermint does defy the imagination, but that’s actually a rather forward-thinking idea.

Who’da thunk it?


5 posted on 06/25/2009 12:46:37 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Hildy; South40

It’s funny, I was just talking about this last night. When I was a reserve on North Island, we would routinely get stopped in traffic because some jerk was threatening to jump.

After about 30 minutes you wish they would just hurry up and do it.

I don’t think anyone uses the phones.


6 posted on 06/25/2009 12:46:43 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: South40

Yikes. That’s a l-o-n-g way to the water.


7 posted on 06/25/2009 12:53:11 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 157 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: null and void

You have to think that since she survived, she probably should rethink the suicide plan.


8 posted on 06/25/2009 12:58:53 PM PDT by Let's Roll (Stop paying ACORN to destroy America! Cut off their government funding!)
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To: null and void

One guy jumped and took a K-9 with him. The dog died and he lived, but it should have been the other way around.
It is a good bridge to jump from. It has a low railing and a long drop.


9 posted on 06/25/2009 12:59:25 PM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: null and void

That’s the bridge Baxter got punted off of by Jack Black.


10 posted on 06/25/2009 12:59:28 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: null and void
I've gone on the harbor tour there a number of times and it looks even further in person! Hopefully this will be life changing experience for her now that she survived.
11 posted on 06/25/2009 12:59:42 PM PDT by aegiscg47
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To: Hildy

Soooo, I’m guessing that installing speakers on the bridge that play Van Halen 24/7 might be a bad idea?


12 posted on 06/25/2009 1:00:39 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Retired Greyhound
A woman in Seattle sued the city because she stopped her car on the bridge and thought about jumping for hours while people yelled “Just Jump you #$%&#$*”.

If you know traffic in Seattle, you might realize how shutting down a bridge for an hour would snarl things up.

What a drama queen. If you want to kill yourself there is no reason to make it a public spectacle and inconvenience a large portion of an entire city.

13 posted on 06/25/2009 1:03:39 PM PDT by allmendream ("Wealth is EARNED not distributed, so how could it be redistributed?")
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To: allmendream

Yes drama queen for sure but I don’t think she really wanted to kill herself. She wanted people to beg her NOT to kill herself and then to see how troubled she was and to fix it for her. How very sad.


14 posted on 06/25/2009 1:07:58 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Spktyr

Ouch!!!!

hahahaha “Go ahead and JUMP”


15 posted on 06/25/2009 1:10:57 PM PDT by Lord_Baltar
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To: Lord_Baltar

Well, it would solve the traffic problem such people cause.

Specifically:

“Might as well jump. (JUMP!)
Go ahead, jump.
Might as well jump. (JUMP!)
Go ahead, jump.”

The funniest part is that the song isn’t about suicide at all.


16 posted on 06/25/2009 1:18:30 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Ditter

Geeee- and now she will get NObama Care!!!


17 posted on 06/25/2009 1:30:27 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: South40

Nancy Pelosi?


18 posted on 06/25/2009 1:32:23 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: ridesthemiles

Yep a tripple whammy! No one begged her not to jump, she did jump and didn’t die and now she gets nObama Care! Which is going to be NO care at all. Ha! Poor drama queen.


19 posted on 06/25/2009 1:35:29 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Hildy; South40

Waaaay back when in my Navy days, one would have to jump off the ferry if considering suicide.

I really gotta come back down there for a visit.


20 posted on 06/25/2009 1:39:31 PM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: aegiscg47
I've gone on the harbor tour there a number of times and it looks even further in person!

Yeah. I've seen it in person too.

21 posted on 06/25/2009 2:24:52 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 157 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: Ditter

Some days it just doesn’t pay to get out of bed.


22 posted on 06/25/2009 2:27:03 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 157 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: Diver Dave

To give you an idea of scale, there’s plenty of room for an aircraft carrier to pass under it.


23 posted on 06/25/2009 2:27:58 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 157 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: aegiscg47

When I was in Coronado, the ferry boat was still in service...but that was many gray hairs ago.


24 posted on 06/25/2009 2:30:22 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse (Peace is our Profession)
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To: Diver Dave

Me too Dave...seems like it was 25-cents for pedestrians and a buch for a car?? In the afternoon, the Phib base used to run a Mike boat across the bay. Great place!!


25 posted on 06/25/2009 2:33:05 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse (Peace is our Profession)
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To: Diver Dave

buch = buck Grrrrr


26 posted on 06/25/2009 2:33:53 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse (Peace is our Profession)
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To: pepperdog

Thought that you might be interested in this article.

CC


27 posted on 06/25/2009 2:42:46 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("When you strike one American, you strike us all" President George W. Bush)
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To: Cuttnhorse
Me too Dave...seems like it was 25-cents for pedestrians and a buch for a car?? In the afternoon, the Phib base used to run a Mike boat across the bay. Great place!!

I was in SD from 63-67, sailing in and out of port bound for WESTPAC or Home.

I remember pedestrians paid 10 cents to ride the ferry and at the time, according to an article in the SD Union, someone was dropping slugs into the coinbox to save themselves a dime.

We used to take our diving boat out off Point Loma from the Naval Station to keep our diving qualifications up to date (actually, we went abalone fishing, but the fishin' trips served two purposes). :)

It was indeed a great place!

28 posted on 06/25/2009 2:45:28 PM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: Diver Dave

You were there about the same time I was...and I thought the fare was 10-cents as I got to thinking about it I decided it must not have been that low.

We used to take the ferry then walk to the stadium and watch the Chargers play...seems like in uniform we got in for a couple of bucks.

I shipped out for Swift Boat duty in Nam in 1965.

Cheers


29 posted on 06/25/2009 2:53:02 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse (Peace is our Profession)
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To: null and void

Right, and some days it just doesn’t pay to jump off a bridge either. ‘0)


30 posted on 06/25/2009 2:58:31 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: South40

If you’re gonna jump off a bridge with the intent of offing yourself, make sure:
A. It is a long way down.
B. The target surface is “solid”.


31 posted on 06/25/2009 3:00:22 PM PDT by RobRoy (This too will pass. But it will hurt like a you know what.)
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