Monday, February 8, 2010

Web site: 184 have died after jumping from Skyway since '57

According to an unofficial - albeit comprehensive, if somewhat uncomfortable-t0-read - Web site, Amber Rose Syme on Monday morning became the first person in 2010 confirmed to have jumped to her death off the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

Here's the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office's account of what happened:
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in reference to an individual that had jumped off the bridge. Investigation revealed that the victim, Amber Syme parked her Kia on the center span, walked over to the rail and jumped.

Her body was recovered by authorities from St. Petersburg and the body was then turned over to the Medical Examiners Office.
Additional details, as provided by passing motorists and others, are available at Skyway Jumper Pool, a self-described "irreverent" repository of information about the Skyway's appeal to too many people looking to end their lives.

According to the site, Syme was the 184th person since 1957 to commit suicide off the Skyway or its predecessor. Another 30 jumpers have been rescued after hitting the water.

Syme would have turned 29 on April 13.

--- Marc R. Masferrer

1 comment:

  1. thanks for the blurb about the jumperpool. also, thanks for the reminder that i forgot to add her jump to the totals. 185 suicides + 30 survivors = 215 jumpers.