Fremont man pronounced dead in apparent suicide onto I-580

Name withheld pending family notification

A 23-year-old Fremont man jumped to his death Thursday morning from the west side of the Santa Rita Road overpass onto Interstate 580, where he was struck and killed by a tractor trailer.

Officers from the Pleasanton Police Department and the California Highway Patrol responded to the scene and located a white male adult lying in the number three lane of westbound I-580, police said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His name is not being released until family members are notified.

The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured in the collision and no other vehicles were involved.

Police said they received cell phone calls at about 6:08 a.m. today that a man had jumped from the overpass onto the freeway. California Highway Patrol officers closed three of the four westbound lanes of I-580 at Santa Rita Road and Pleasanton Police Officers closed the westbound on ramp from northbound Santa Rita Road onto the freeway during the investigation.

The Santa Rita Road overpass is protected by an eight-foot-tall fence that extends the full length of the overpass on both sides to prevent people from falling onto the freeway. The area where the subject jumped from was directly over the middle of the westbound lanes of I-580.

Commuter traffic on I-580 westbound was heavily impacted until about 7:34 a.m. when all lanes of the freeway were reopened.


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Posted by Pleasanton Resident
a resident of Country Fair
on Dec 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Prayers and condolences to his family. It is heartbreaking to hear that such a young person felt he had no options. If you or anyone you know is thinking of harming yourself or just need someone to talk with, call the Suicide Prevention Hotline 24 hours a day.
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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Posted by sad
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 1, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Yes, prayers and condolences - also to the driver of the tractor trailer who has to live with being involved in this incident through no fault of his own...

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Posted by Kris
a resident of Danbury Park
on Dec 1, 2011 at 8:13 pm

This has been on my heart all day as I have a son the same age. A permanent solution to a temporary situation...God bless this human being and family regardless of the reasons, it is sad....

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Posted by FatimaQ
a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Dec 14, 2011 at 10:33 pm

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