Brentwood Man is Identified as Freeway Suicide

Airnoi Saykosy, 32, of Brentwood, leaped to his death Tuesday morning from the Treat Boulevard overpass to I-680.

The man who jumped from the Treat Boulevard overpass along Interstate 680 in Walnut Creek Tuesday has been identified as a Brentwood man.

The victim of the apparent suicide was Airnoi Saykosy, 32, of Brentwood. It is believed he climbed over the nine-foot-high, chain-link fence and jumped to the freeway some 20 feet below, Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jimmy Lee said.

At about 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, authorities received a call from someone reporting a person on the Treat Boulevard overpass poised to jump. The man did indeed jump onto the roadway. Three southbound lanes of I-680 were closed between highway 242 and Treat Boulevard. The lanes re-opened in the late morning.

The Merry One September 27, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Sad, please know that for every "Jed" that is out there, there are hundreds of people out there that are sending thoughts and prayers your way as you try to deal with your loss. R.I.P., Airnoi.
Colleen Finley September 27, 2012 at 07:20 PM
My husband works as a train operator at BART - people jump in front of trains frequently, the public never hears about it. Come on people, if you MUST kill yourself, DON'T be a total jerk and involve anyone else!! Time to make "assisted suicide" LEGAL!!!
Jed September 27, 2012 at 08:53 PM
And you want me to do what? My "insensitivity" has nothing to do with the outcome of this suicide. We are all "jerks" at some point and for that I accept the label & your name-calling. What if I were bubbling all over with (empty) sorrow? What if I spent the rest of my life praying over this individual? Would that help or make any difference? NO! This is not a "feel good" world. Sorry but the fellow LOST his life at his own hands; that makes him a loser. PERHAPS this tragedy was the results of SOME non-caring family members or friends around him (AS PERCEIVED by him in HIS mind). How's THAT for being insensitive?? If people such as yourself KNEW of his pain, why wasn't help sought? FIFTEEN YEARS!! Wow! It may not be (just) ME that is "insensitive" or a "jerk". MAYBE, just MAYBE some OTHER poor sap contemplating the "final plunge" will see this post & realize they aren't going to get all the pity or sorrow they MAY seek & GET THE HELP THEY NEED! LIFE GOES ON - regardless of how you feel, how I feel or how you feel about my OPINIONS. You'll get over it. If this is such a terrible lament, what are you doing on a chat line reading all about it? Now IF I were truly the insensitive person I'm being characterized as; I might have asked, "Did the fall kill him, or was it vehicles hitting and/or running over him?" Of course I WON'T ask THOSE questions. [How many vehicles?] Finally; learn to spell and use the correct words. WRITE/RIGHT = seriously?
Jed September 27, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Don't get too wrapped up in your own self-righteousness there, Merry One. There's a lot move "Jeds" out there than you care to admit. For example - HOW MANY of the people stuck in traffic because of this event came up to the scene and said a few prayer over him? Okay then; how many of them even THOUGHT about doing that? I'm going to out on a limb here and guess NONE! EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM was ticked-off because THEIR travels were delayed. Deny that if you can (you can, of course, but it won't change a bloomin' thing).
Jed September 27, 2012 at 09:05 PM
And not to let this go lightly... COLLEEN (second post, above) said the most important statement - for those contemplating suicide - DON'T INVOLVE somebody else! A very good friend of mine retired from BARTD and told me of the people who committed suicide by jumping in front of his train. It's a NIGHTMARE for him (still). Perhaps this explains some of my callousness towards those people who do involve some innocent parties to carry out their dastardly deed. If you're going to jump off a bridge - make sure there's no vehicles, vessels or people under there... then HAVE A NICE FLIGHT! Landings are ugly.
Soccermom September 27, 2012 at 09:56 PM
I was unfortunate enough to have witnessed this, and I just wanted to tell the family that I am so sorry for your loss. I will get over what I saw, and in time your family will heal. My prayers go out to your family
Lois World September 27, 2012 at 10:05 PM
What an idiot Jed!! I WAS stuck in traffic. I WAS late to work. I DID say a prayer when I saw his covered body and I shed tears for someone I did not know simply for the fact that I knew there was someone no longer alive for wahtever reason.
Dev Leilahni Le September 27, 2012 at 10:35 PM
That was my uncle and I do not appreciate the things you are saying Jed. Be considerate of what my family is going through right now and learn to have some sympathy.
Lance Howland (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Folks: I'm sorry, but there's a pattern here in which the commenter begins with a personal attack and then makes some interesting points. I'd be sorry to lose some of these ideas if I deleted the comment because of the opening personal attack, which is prohibited in the Patch Terms of Service, explained at the bottom of the homepage -- http://walnutcreek.patch.com/terms You can belittle the opinion but please don't belittle the person. -- Lance Howland, editor, Walnut Creek Patch
MLE September 27, 2012 at 11:33 PM
I was face to face with Airoi in the moments before he jumped. There was really no time for me to consider if only I had, it happened so quickly. There was an other woman, a complete stranger to him, who did her best to give him assurance that him was loved.
MLE September 27, 2012 at 11:54 PM
I am deeply affected by witnessing the entire event, the heart break knowing what it feels like to believe suicide is the answer to such unbarable pain, the inability to transmit the wonder of finding another option & the absolute powerlessness when the final decision is made. My prayers are for everyone to give the person next to you a smile, it could change your life.
MLE September 27, 2012 at 11:58 PM
...and thank GOD we're not all the same.
peacemaker September 28, 2012 at 12:30 AM
first I want to tell you how sorry I am about your loss.I can't imagine losing someone close or not close to suicide.My heart truly goes out to you and your family at this difficult time.I have praying for everyone involved.Second I want to let you know to not let any of these heartless people bring you down with there stupid opinions.keep your head up!
peacemaker September 28, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I'm so sorry for your loss.I just can't believe all of the uncaring,insensitive comments people have been leaving since this happened to your loved one.blows my mind.just know that yes there are lots of us out here in the world that are praying for you and your family & friends to be comforted during this difficult time.
Victoria September 28, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Of course traffic is more important than a human being....not!
Chris J Kapsalis September 28, 2012 at 01:12 AM
I'm wondering if the comment thread could be turned off on some of these stories out of respect for the family/families? Or closely monotored. I can;t imagine if this was my brother or son. Also unbearble pain is just that. You do not think clear and who are any of us to judge? How we would/will react when it is our turn to suffer in this way? We all like to think we would do better than others, but who knows.
Jed September 28, 2012 at 01:23 AM
It's nice to be appreciated. Reality... what a concept. Thank you for your kind words - now you have reached MY level. "Stuff happens" - get used to it. Once our man is re-elected things will really get hopping and jumping (oops, sorry, no pun intended). I hear the Suicide Hotline has a new toll free number: 1-800-123 JUMP..... And before you get you panties in a wad = I lost two very good friends to jumping off taller bridges than this. I had my remorse but more for those left behind who have that guilt feeling of "Could I have prevented this? Was that a sign he gave me last week? How could he do this? Then I got over it. I remember them from happier times - no sense dwelling on what happened - it's done and they are gone. One wonders, however, what that last few seconds were like to them... did they have their eyes open? Did they change their minds part way down? Can't change that now so why worry about it any more. No disrespect meant to the family - they are having a tough time dealing with this - probably asking the same questions I did. Then, someday in the not to distant future they'll come to terms and realize, "Hey, that schmuck Jed was RIGHT!" (I usually am).
Jed September 28, 2012 at 01:24 AM
You'll get over it, Lois.
Jed September 28, 2012 at 01:29 AM
You too will get over this. Someday you'll realize that I wasn't so callous .... maybe there was something to this after all. I said nothing bad about your family - other than the deceased and he made a bigger statement than I. Mine are just words (that YOU don't happen to agree with)... his "flight" was pretty permanent.... effected a lot of lives and cannot be changed. My condolences to you and your family all the same. If you read some of my other posts you will see that I have shared the same pain, traveled in the same shoes and quite frankly, I'm selfish from the stand-point that several of my friends took away from me the very friends that they were. I can't blame that on some chat-line posting of a stranger. Neither can you... try as you might.
Jed September 28, 2012 at 01:30 AM
AMEN! IF we were, we wouldn't need names and we would all think/talk alike.
Jed September 28, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Do you ever watch how some people drive? You may want to rethink your comment.
Jed September 28, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Respect died with the jumper. Sad as that may seem to some. Just remember the old tried and true adage of (newpaper) reporters: IF IT BLEEDS; IT LEADS. Spectacular or unusual SELLS - mundane does not. And SELLING (newspapers, air time, computer space, etc.) is what this is all about... MONEY!
Ieriee September 28, 2012 at 02:11 AM
I am sorry for the family's loss; however, I am more sorry for the vehicle(s) who may have hit him and killed him. I witness the jump from a building window. And guessing by 20 foot distance from the overpass, he may have been strucked by a vehicle. I cannot imagine how horrified and how miserable the person or the family or any child in that vehicle, and how distressed to go on life knowing he/she/they have caused death...
Jed September 28, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Twenty feet, generally speaking, is not usually sufficient to kill a person from their fall... GENERALLY SPEAKING... but those fast moving HONDAS, TOYOTAS and other vehicles sure make a mess of an otherwise airborne dude! MESS! Blood and guts all over the place. This is the thing HOLLYWOOD movies are made of.... Now just imagine if you will... WHAT IF, this dude CHANGED HIS MIND just a few nano-seconds before being struck by that 75 MPH Prius.... now we are SERIOUSLY TALKING HYBRID!
Jed September 28, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Or should I say "TALKING SERIOUS HYBRID?" Can a prius actually DO 75 MPH?
With Sympathy September 28, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Dev and Sad, I was the woman who followed your uncle as he climbed along the bridge, and I stayed near him until the end. I am so sorry that there was nothing I could say to deter him, his mind seemed to be made up. He looked at me often, but never said a word back to me. Sincere sympathy for your loss!
Jed's Friend September 28, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Kara Blankenship September 28, 2012 at 05:58 AM
What a terrible thing to say. Have a heart. This person obviously was in tremendous mental pain or he wouldn't have done such a horrific thing. Try to put your self in his place & maybe you would understand.
Dennis Burdg September 28, 2012 at 06:00 AM
What a terrible thing to say. Have a heart. This person obviously was in tremendous mental pain or he wouldn't have done such a horrific thing. Try to put your self in his place & maybe you would understand.
Lance Howland (Editor) September 28, 2012 at 06:15 AM
Sorry. I'm shutting down the comment stream on this story because there's one commenter determined to provoke others to outrage and that's getting old. Thank you for the responsible comments on here. -- Lance Howland, editor, Walnut Creek Patch


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