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Man Jumps Onto I-680 Freeway From Bridge

Update: The coroner's office was investigating an apparent suicide at the Treat Boulevard overcrossing Tuesday morning.

Update, 4:45 p.m., more details of investigation.

The sheriff's office is investigating the apparent suicide of a 32-year-old man jumping from the freeway overpass at Treat Boulevard onto Interstate 680 Tuesday morning. 

The man, whose name has not been released pending notification of next of kin, landed on southbound I-680 where he was pronounced dead, according to Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jimmy Lee. It is considered a suicide case, Lee said.

The coroner's office is investigating the incident, said Lee.

At about 9:15 a.m., authorities received a call from someone reporting a person standing on the Treat Boulevard overpass. The caller thought the person might jump, and the person did indeed jump onto the roadway, Lee said. The Treat Boulevard bridge has a nine-foot-high, chain-link fence by the sidewalk on the north side, and descends roughly 20 feet to the freeway below. A number of units of different jurisdictions reported to the scene.

Three southbound lanes of I-680 were closed between highway 242 and Treat Boulevard. The lanes re-opened in the late morning.

Ralph Hoffmann September 26, 2012 at 05:01 AM
All I did was to reassure my many friends, and apparently dissappoint a few detractors, that it wasn't me who jumped to his death.
Tom September 26, 2012 at 05:07 AM
When a person gets to a place they feel thee is no way out and they end their own life that is very sad. How anyone makes light of this says much about them. Prayers to the familes of all involved.
Lady Sotelo September 26, 2012 at 05:27 AM
I'm sure your "many" friends were worried, Ralph. You sound like a likable guy. Especially with your talent for empathizing with your fellow man. When someone dies, by their own hand or not, it's never funny. There is no excuse, whether public or private.
Chris F. September 26, 2012 at 09:15 AM
Emily, being that JD is away can you take a look at candidates profiles, I think you may find many posts that are in violation of Patch terms and conditions. Thanks
Barbara Doherty September 26, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Honestly what is sad is that we don't even know who it was or what his sad story could be. Ralph - I don't read here every often but I all the bad you put out there finds it way back to you. Shame on you. Could be your son or nephew for all you know.
Andrew L. September 26, 2012 at 03:58 PM
I have more sympathy for those travelling on the freeway, perhaps with their own families, who could have died or been seriously injured by the hubris of a person who having decided to take his own life, had so little disregard of the importance of others' lives that he willfully and recklessly threatened them. I have no respect or sympathy for such a person.
Jodie September 26, 2012 at 05:00 PM
@ Andrew, I'm guessing the man wasn't too worried about your respect or sympathy at the time.
anonymous September 26, 2012 at 05:18 PM
While suicide is sad, I do wish this man didn't endanger others by jumping onto a freeway where cars could have crashed and people also could have been injured or killed, including me and my 2 kids who drive on that freeway daily.
Andrew L. September 26, 2012 at 05:19 PM
My point wasn't really that he should be, but he should have considered the threat to others' lives his chosen method of suicide posed. Does your sarcasm address that, or perhaps you don't care either? A number of us drive that freeway regularly.
brennan September 26, 2012 at 06:53 PM
I have to agree, while any suicide is tragic, comiting the act in such a way that endangered the life of others turns an act of private desperation into an act of callous disreguard for the value of all life. If your life is so bad you need to end it, do it so you don't take others with you.
Tom September 26, 2012 at 07:17 PM
I agree of course that this tragic act is worse as it endangers others. Much like suicide by cop is totally unfair to the cop involved but why are we trying to look for rational behavior from a person who has sunk this far down? This seems illogical. The people that witness this are innocent victims for sure but I dont see the point of insulting the jumper. To what end does that serve? A person that feels they have NOTHING to lose is capable of anything.
Anita Harness September 26, 2012 at 11:11 PM
People who commit suicide by jumping off a freeway overpass are not exactly the picture of mental stability and most likely unable to form the logical thought process you demand of them. If you're afraid of being killed by such an individual, consider staying home.
Anita Harness September 26, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Drivers distracted by traveling with their kids are much more likely to kill someone than a freeway overpass jumper.
Anita Harness September 26, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Rational people don't jump from an overpass. You can't expect them to form rational, coherent thoughts.
simone September 27, 2012 at 12:47 AM
"A person that feels they have NOTHING to lose is capable of anything." Tom, thank you for that thought. It's so true. Every human life is precious and this person must have felt extreme pain to end his the way he did.
CJ September 27, 2012 at 04:26 AM
zzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Don Keyotee September 27, 2012 at 05:43 AM
haters gonna hate
butterpeacan September 27, 2012 at 10:51 AM
I'm just taken back by the whole situation. I understand life gets tough sometimes, just wish there was something to reach out to this poor guy and show him a different way on how to deal with whatever he was dealing with. But for some of you who posted your thoughts insensitive or not, this person was obvisously feeling a certain way. And just like Anita Harness mention a rational person makes rational decisions. This poor guy was not in a right place in his mind to be thinking about others. He was obvisously overwhelm with what he was dealing with. We don't know his struggles growing up and again I feel bad for those who really did care about him. The documentary originally released back in 2006 "The Bridge" (can be seen on youtube) comes to mind when stuff like this happens. Sad
Sad September 27, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I don't know if people understand the power of your words. I came online to find more information on the death of my loved one. Yes, this man was LOVED!!! He was such a good good person but has had such a hard and tragic life that you could not even imagine. So before you start to judge and make jokes. Think about that. Think about the family members that may see you little joke and how that impounds the pain and confusion that were already going through. He was such a kind soul and always use to dote over my the kids but in the past couple of years he was sick. And he was in so much pain. And he was so loved. I just wished we could have done more to help him. But before you make your jokes or wisecracks about him or his actions please remember you don't know who might be reading your posts and the effect that you might have for better or worse. I'm asking just be mindful about what you write
Dee September 27, 2012 at 05:55 PM
First of all, my condolences to Sad and members of this gentleman's family. Depression does not cause someone to think ahead about the pain or 'inconvenience' it will cause others. It's a split second decision that cannot be taken back. For those of you who think this gentleman purposely chose to inconvenience the commuters, you are truly misinformed about depression and suicide. Please refrain from leaving hurtful comments for those he left behind.
Anita Harness September 27, 2012 at 05:59 PM
My sympathies on the loss of your family member. I hope you find peace as you struggle to adjust to life without your loved one.
Karen September 27, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I am so sorry for your loss, Sad. I wish I knew his story, not that it matters, just would help make sense of it. I saw his body being covered by an officer and I was so sad when I found out what happened. It helps to have a name now and to know who to pray for. Many prayers go out to you and your family.
Karen September 27, 2012 at 10:01 PM
I take it back, Sad. His story does matter. He mattered. I wish you or someone in his family would contact the Contra Costa Times and ask them to print his story. It would put a name and face to him. He would be remembered as a person who was loved and had a family instead of just some "guy" who jumped off an overpass. His story might help others. It might be too painful, but I wish you would consider it. Again, my deepest sympathy and prayers to you and all his family.
Ralph Hoffmann September 28, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Suicides can be prevented. The American Society for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) just held an Out of the Darkness Community Walk in SF on Sunday, Sept. 23 to raise funds to prevent suicides. The next walk is scheduled for Saturday, October 20 at Lake Merritt, Oakland. I'd suggest contactiog Mary Roy, LMFT, of Contra County Mental Health Administration, (925)957-5169, Mary.Roy@hsd.cccounty.us to share your ideas for preventiog future suicides.
joe September 28, 2012 at 06:03 AM
RIP Johnny, you're in a better place now
Victor September 28, 2012 at 06:28 AM
RIP Johnny. You will truly be missed. Condolences to the family.
Chris F. September 28, 2012 at 07:32 AM
@Karen, Although I did not know the man, It did not affect my day that he made the jump, I did read many posts that I thought were way beyond PC and I did not say WTF to the people.. It is humbling when people actually step forth and say I am Sorry
Joseph P October 02, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Everybody who ever came in contact with Johnny knows how good of a man he was. RIP BRO U WILL BE MISSED.
Sean Thouey Damrong October 08, 2012 at 12:29 AM
whoever this JED guy is that commented on my cousin on the other threAD til it had to be shut down, i pray also for you and your soul that i dont ever run into you. you sad excuse of a human being . RIP sangNoi from Thuey(sahng) JED u will repent..510!
isis yee October 17, 2012 at 08:37 AM
we will always love you Airnoi we will never know anyone like you. we miss you every day.It's hard to go on with out you. I know you never ment to hurt any one by what you did.

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