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2017 jump events

updated: 06.26.17
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06.26.17: jumper, 8:20am, male, hit water, died, body found
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
06.26.17, Sally G., St Pete, (8:20am), Passed the empty car - silver or beige smaller Infiniti. FHP was just starting up hump as I approached the rest area.

06.26.17, D. M. T., Parrish, Fl., (8:45am, hit water), I was driving to work today and the FHP were on both sides of the skyway looking over the sides. There was a park grey sedan at the top with no one in it.

06.26.17, Sherri H., (8:29am), Hi, I took the attached picture this morning on the top of the Skyway heading north. There was an empty car, a Road Ranger, and an FHP vehicle parked on the side of the road, and the Ranger was looking over the side of the bridge. At the bottom of the bridge, I saw a fire engine and more emergency vehicles heading to the bridge with their lights flashing.

06.26.17, anon, something is up, Patient with FB11 as of 0920. Not a good sign. Heard the sirens around 0830’ish

06.26.17, CJ, Clearwater, White empty car with police vehicle on top of bridge.

06.26.17, Nichole L., facebook, Male jumper this morning. Body recovered. Deceased.

06.26.17, MB, St. Pete, I was stuck in traffic for about 20 minutes on the bridge this morning around 8:30 driving Southbound. Once I got to the top of the bridge, there were multiple police cars and a fire truck on both north and south bound sides of the bridge. I am hoping and praying no one jumped off the bridge this morning. I have had a pit in my stomach all morning.

06.26.17, anon, On my way to work at the Skyway Fishing Piers. Definate jumper. 1st responders and rescue efforts looking over the railing.

06.26.17, Aboona T., Sun City Center, (8:10am, male, died, body found), I was approximately 6 cars behind the jumper's vehicle. I saw him run in front of his vehicle and immediately jumped over the wall. I immediately contacted FHP to report the incident. I later called FHP for an update and was told that jumper had died and body was recovered. So sorry that the person experienced such personal pain that he made this decision. I think of him in prayer as well as his family/friends.

thanks also to Rhonda B., St. Petersburg. any more info is welcome.
06.26.17, Hillsborough Sheriff, DECEASED PERSON, SKYWAY BG, 0830, 1326, 4h54m
06.26.17, IONTBfb/, Skyway Bridge: Slowdowns expected as emergency crews are responding to reports of person that jumped from the northbound span of the bridge later: Crews searching the water for the man that jumped. later: Update 9 a.m. Subject located and deceased
06.10.17: possible something
06.11.17, amber, palmetto, (06.10.17, 11:30pm), I was driving home from a concert in Clearwater with my family in the van. After we went through the Sunpass lanes (we were headed southbound)we got into the right line. The SUV or minivan in front of us was all over the road. I thought, man this person must be drunk. I told my husband I was going to hang back to be safe and slowed down. This person stayed directly in front of us and put their Right turn signal and swerved right up to the rail and slammed on their brakes. My husband called 911. We never saw if the person got out, or what happened. We had our children in the backseat and luckily they didn't see or understand anything that was happening! My husband and I were very shaken. The extremely ironic thing is that we were stuck in the traffic on the way to the concert from the incident that occurred earlier in the day.

any more info is welcome.
06.10.17: jumper, 2:29pm, female, died, body found
Dorinda Kay Green Harris, 55
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
06.10.17, KS., St pete., (2:30pm), Lots of cars stopped on north bound side of bridge with people out, looking over side of bridge. LEO is responding now, travelling southbound on 275

06.10.17, Kevin C., facebook, I think someone just jumped about 10 mins ago. Just crossed the bridge and there were 8-10 cars with people looking over the side in a certain direction, a few with phones recording something. Several police cars and a few fire rescue cars also flew in that direction

06.11.17, DB, St. Pete, I was in the inside lane of the bridge heading northbound. I saw the burgundy vehicle parked at the top of the bridge with a blonde woman standing next to her vehicle. She was wearing a pink colored top and dark colored pants. I saw her put her leg over the rail and then she was gone. Due to the weather conditions at the time it was unsafe to pull over and I had my 5 year old in the car with me. So very sad.

06.11.17, Bruha U., facebook, I drive by her as she walked to the back of her car, told my girl. Only reason people stop at the top is to jump! Wow, this is crazy

06.10.17, • acronyms


06.10.17, Hillsborough Sheriff, SUICIDE ATTEMPT, SKYWAY BG, 1431, 2123, 6h52m
06.10.17, IONTBfb/, Skyway Bridge: Fire responders arriving on-scene on and below the bridge for reports of person who jumped from the bridge. later: Update 2:55 p.m.: Woman's body recovered. Deceased

06.10.17,, Suicide reported on Sunshine Skyway bridge Saturday afternoon, ST. PETE, FL (WWSB) - Southbound lanes on the Sunshine Skyway bridge were temporarily closed Saturday after reports revealed an individual committed suicide off the bridge.
Officers arrived on the scene around 2:36 p.m. It took them only seven minutes to arrive.
The identity of the individual was not released. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
The Skyway is also under a high wind advisory. If using the bridge, drive carefully.
(all evidence of this "top story" was removed from their website the next day, as if it was never reported.) a 'google news search' result that also leads to a '403' page: cached article: capture

06.12.17,, Police: Auburndale woman jumped from Skyway
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at 8:45 PM, Updated Jun 13, 2017 at 2:19 PM
ST. PETERSBURG — A 55-year-old Auburndale woman died Saturday after jumping from the Sunshine Skyway bridge near St. Petersburg.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim as Dorinda L. Harris of Old Berkley Road. Deputies reported she died at the scene.
a comment from the story:
06.15.17, I'm her husband. I went through this every day for almost a year since this started. She was just like everyone else and then one day she began to change. She came to me and told me something was wrong. We looked for answers. We went to every appointment. To be honest the mental health professionals are just professional guessers. They say try this lets try that. Just when we thought we had gotten some positive results they decided to change her medication again. Even against my wishes. They said give it time to work. She lost all the ground she had gained in less than a month. At some point last year something broke, malfunctioned or short circuited inside her head. A chemical imbalance a breakdown of some sort. I did the best I could in taking care of her and was hoping we would eventually find an answer. I did not matter how good she had it or how much her family loved her. Her mind would not let her understand that. A switch had been flipped and we were just unable to switch it back. This was no fault of hers. She had no control over it. I dont know how she managed to drive that far in the condition she was in. Maybe that part of her brain was still working correctly?
I want all who reads this to know that she was a wonderful wife and mother. On the very day she died she made my breakfast as she had every day we were married, packed my lunch and kissed me goodbye as I went to work. At some point after that she began having a bad day. Her anxiety level skyrocketed and she decided she would find relief her way. I wish she would have called me or anyone for help but then again I have a thousand wishes. Like I wish the road ranger that talked to her on the bridge could have noticed something was wrong when she told him the payphone wasn't working. She had to have shown obvious signs of impairment but he told her it wasn't a pay phone and let her get in her car and drive off only to turn around. I wish just one of all the people who said they saw her before she jumped would have pulled over and intervened. I can tell you she would have responded.
Instead everyone just drove by. Like the person who had their child in the car saw her and told the child that she was going to jump but kept driving and did nothing. Would have only taken a second. However plenty of people stopped and whipped out the cell phones to record after the fact. She was a wonderful wife my heart aches as I deal with this loss. My world is darker without her shining light. I love you honey.
 Dori K Green Harris
Dorinda Kay Green Harris

video from bridge top, 12m
while the quality is off, it shows
the surrealness of the event.
06.10.17, Megan J., IONTBfb, Unfortunately I was there. Already terrified of that bridge due to my friends taking their lives there. They were looking inside the empty car (megan is referring to the tandem lovers' suicide jump, Donna Marie Klein, 16 • Marc Weigel,15)

06.12.17, Linda W. C., facebook, This has been haunting me for the last few days.. I am saddened by what happened. We were stuck at the end of the bridge when she jumped. We couldn't see what was going on. I hope some of these people who had their phones out were calling 911. What upsets me is that there are individuals out there who jump at the chance to pull out their phones to record something very sad & tragic. Ugh! Sending prayers out for this poor woman and her family. May you be at peace. a reply:
06.12.17, Kevin C., facebook, They were recording. Not one person had the phone to their ear, they were all leaning over the side trying to record it. I saw the jumpers car too, sitting there with its hazards on. I thought someone got out to get a picture of the view. I was wrong

06.12.17, James, To all who read and were affected enough to comment. My wife was a wonderful wife of 20 years total. So much so that I married her a second time. She made breakfast for me in the mornings and sent me to work with lunch every day. She took care of her kids and provided for them until there was nothing left to give and then gave more. Last year she began having a breakdown. We don't know why. We looked to the mental health professionals for help. We got little. They refused to provide medications that may have helped but instead prescribed junk. I told them they didn't work. We were ignored. Recently her medications were changed even as I advised against it. Within a month she has lost all the ground she had gained. She suffered from depression, extreme anxiety and panic disorder. Its been less than a year since this whole ordeal began. Even on her last day she made my breakfast and packed my lunch. She fought the good fight. Her physical injuries and mental struggles were apparently just too much. I was with her day after agonizing day. I held her and loved her through it all. Life is darker now. My shining light has gone out. I love you honey. May God hold on to you tightly. (we are truly sorry for your loss and do hope you cope.) two responses:

06.21.17, V Ward, Dear James, I'm so sorry for your loss and your pain. I was heading South and wished I could of gotten to help your wife I would of tried in a heartbeat. Please believe that some people did stop to try to help I saw it. For those who decided to be truly ignorant and feel the need to record such a sad thing may find themselves on the other end of a terrible situation one day. I wrote the Tampa Bay Times to try to bring the bridge to the forefront for discussion but for some reason the DOT and the county/state Govt. chooses to turn a blind eye to the 300+ people who have jumped from the bridge. We need to go the extra mile with more training, more man power, barriers whatever it takes to save lives on the bridge. I hope you find the strength to pick up the peices, it sounds like it would be what your loving wife would of wanted. God bless you and your family!

06.23.17, Sam, Naples, I just wanted to reach out to James. My family, along with another driver, witnessed your wife seated on the ledge and tried to stop and offer help. Unfortunately, by the time we made it out of our vehicles we were seconds too late. I am so sorry for your loss. I just wanted you to know that there were people stopping to try to help her but we just were not quick enough. I know that this cannot ease your pain but hopefully you can find some comfort in knowing that not everyone just continued to drive past. We said a prayer for your wife at after the incident. Again, I am so sorry for your loss and will pray for you and your family.
06.07.17: possible something, female
06.10.17, Sam C., IONTBfb, Had one that survived on Wed. Female, recovered by private fishing boat. Incredible.
06.05.17: possible something
06.05.17, Hillsborough Sheriff, MENTALLY ILL PERSON / VIOLENT, SKYWAY BG, 1855, 2022, 1h27m
06.04.17: jumper, female, 8:50am, hit water, died, body found
Celia Ruiz-Obregon, 47
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
06.04.17, Bill E., Riverview, Fl., (female, hit water, died, body found), HCSO report of female jumper from Nortbound lanes. Boaters under bridge have recovered the body. Pinellas Co. EMS now has the body, in route to O'neills.

06.04.17, Michael C., IONTBfb, I went over the bridge an hour ago and there was a white sport utility at the top with a trooper looking over the side, the northbound side

06.04.17, Justin H., IONTBfb, I was on the bridge and witnessed it this morning sad thing is that there was a trooper only a 1/4 mile from her he was in front of me

06.04.17, Jessica, Bradenton, 9am saw trooper and one sheriff along with the white suv with hazard lights. Did not see jumper.

06.04.17, Jessica M., IONTBfb, I was on the bridge around 9. Saw the cop car and fhp along with the SUV and lights blinking. My friend saw the same car there at 6am on her way to the airport. She must of did a lot of thinking

any more info is welcome.

06.04.17, Hillsborough Sheriff, DECEASED PERSON, SKYWAY BG, 0859, 1236, 3h35m
06.04.17, IONTBfb/, Skyway Bridge: Reports of civilian boats working to retrieve subject that reportedly jumped from the bridge. Expect slowdowns and #MoveOver later: Update 9:24 a.m.: St Petersburg Fire Boat met up with civilian boat and crew determined that the woman is deceased.
 Celia Ruiz   Celia Ruiz-Obregon

obituary • tribute video
06.04.17, Desire Y., IONTBfb, She left behind 3 Beautiful daughters, so sad never imagine it will be her , R. I. P. to my step dad my condolences, to her amazing mom and the rest of her family

06.04.17, Michelle P., IONTBfb, 741741 is a text line for help if you are afraid of talking or don't feel like talking to someone text this number pass it on you just might save a life maybe your own struggle could be helped please remember to think before speaking to someone who says they are at their wit's end just one word could help prevent this tragic thing 741741

06.04.17, Sean B., IONTBfb, No suicide isn't funny and I have Major Depression and the bridge would be my choice. (now sean, we've discussed this before and you know the bridge is a poor choice. there will be no bridge jumping for you, mister!)
05.22.17: jumper save, male, 12:07am
thank you, jumpnews reporter:
05.22.17, Bill E., Riverview, Fl., (00:10am, male), HCS0 DISPATCH, Male on railing, southbound side, FHP on scene. No report of jump yet..following. later: In custody of Pinellas County. Being Baker Acted.

any more info is welcome.
05.22.17, Hillsborough Sheriff, MENTALLY ILL PERSON / NON VIOLENT, SKYWAY BG, 0007, 0233, 2h26m
05.16.17: possible something, 11:45pm
thank you, jumpnews reporter:
05.17.17, Maria B., Venice, FL., At around 11:45 PM 5/16/17 I observed an empty SUV at top of bridge on the northbound side. Police shining flashlight into vehicle. High wind advisory. Spooky, concerning.

any more info is welcome.
04.15.17: possible something, 11:20am, male
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
04.15.17, Thomas S., Seminole, 11:20 this morning driving south on Skyway there was an older gentleman who got out of his car near the top had no shirt on just shorts and was looking over the side of the wall called FHP and they said a trooper was on his was to check it out

04.15.17, Aaron S., St Pete., (11:22am, male), 275 South on the North side of the hump about 2/3rds the way up. As we drove up we noticed a car parked along the west side of the bridge, as we got closer we noticed a 60ish yr old bald and shirtless white male roughly 100 yards in front of his car looking over the edge. Right before passing the man he took one leg over the edge. We immediately called 911 and we're told FHP was on the way.

any more info is welcome.
04.13.17: possible something, 2:38am
thank you, jumpnews reporter:
04.13.17, Jamie A., facebook, Thought maybe you could get more information on the outcome, but tonight as I was driving home from work (southbound) there was a woman at the top of the bridge - no car. She was bent over and doing something in her purse. I wanted to stop but by the time I saw her I would have to back up quite a ways (that's unsafe in the dark on the top). I called 911 and reported to the FHP. I passed her at 2:38am. Once I hung up with fhp I turned around at the palmetto exit, and decided to see if she was there and I would offer her a ride (just in case!) as I approached the top the fhp was arriving on the other side- couldn't tell if she was there or not. I made another u-turn at the north rest stop and headed back south. There were three troopers and they were going through the woman's purse on the trunk of the trooper. I didn't see her.
I keep praying she was in one of their cars (they were not looking over the edge) but 15min had gone by by this time. Maybe you can help set my mind at ease by getting more info? I wish there was something I could've done- I fear the worst. (yours is the only report of this incident. if there is any more about it, we will post it here and contact you directly. that had to be very surreal for you. be well.)
04.15.17, Jamie A., facebook, I contacted the FHP and they confirmed she is ok!

any more info is welcome.
03.29.17: possible something, 7:00am
thank you, jumpnews reporter:
03.29.17, anon, yellow newer subaru parked at top of hump north bound. no persons in car. troopers on scene 7am

any more info is welcome.
03.24.17: possible something
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
03.24.17, Florida Room, Pinellas, (8:14pm), There may be a jumper on the southbound Skyway RIGHT NOW!

03.24.17, Ladora G., facebook, (8:57pm), Northbound top of Skyway Bridge. White 2 door car stopped on very top R. Police car w lights on behind it. Hope it's not a jumper.

any more info is welcome.
03.22.17: possible something
03.22.17, Hillsborough Sheriff, SUICIDE ATTEMPT, SKYWAY BG, 0101, 0238, 1h37m
03.20.17: possible something
03.20.17, Hillsborough Sheriff, MISSING PERSONS - ADULT NOT ENDANGERED, SKYWAY BG, 1517, 1822, 3h5m
may or may not be recovery activities of the 03.18.17 incident.
03.19.17: possible something
03.19.17, Hillsborough Sheriff, MISSING PERSONS - ADULT NOT ENDANGERED, SKYWAY BG, 0817, 1839, 10h22m
may or may not be recovery activities of the 03.18.17 incident.
03.18.17: jumper, 10:00pm, male, hit water, died, body not found same day
Thomas Donald Letterle, 36
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
03.18.17, emily, charleston, sc., (11:13 pm), active calls, GRID 723S, MEDICAL, FB11, ECSR, PD5, USCG, FFWC, R11. is this anything? acronyms

03.18.17, Susan V., Clearwater, (10:00pm, male), IONTB has comment on their site male jumper about an hour ago, no other info. Mutiple emergency vehicles and water support on scene

03.18.17, Amy M., IONTBfb, I drove up the skyway at the same time as first responders. There is a water rescue team there now.

03.18.17, Anon, Clearwater, FL., drove over around 11:45pm with cop car at the top of the bridge with lights on, helicopter with spotlight surcharge the water and about 10-12 rescue boats out in water searching also

03.18.17, Sherry, facebook, Hi skyway. I went to pick up my daughter from the airport and on the way over there were a lot of police and a fire truck, they were shining their lights in the water. When I came back over, headed to bradenton, there was a boat in the water and only one police car on bridge. Did someone jump? I can't find any news. I'm hoping and praying no but I wanted to see what was going on. Thank you.

03.19.17, Ashley M., IONTBfb, I drove over the bridge at about 10:15pm. We were heading south to Manatee. As we reached the bridge we could see tons of boats in the water with bright lights and emergency ones. When we reached the top there were firefighters looking over the edge. My heart broke the second I saw that.

03.20.17, anon, (03.18.17, 10:00pm, male), His name was Tom Letterle. I believe he was 36. He was with his girlfriend when he jumped. His family and friends are devastated. Please update if his body has been found and any other info as it's available. Thank you

any more info is welcome.
03.18.17, Hillsborough Sheriff, MISSING PERSONS - ADULT NOT ENDANGERED, SKYWAY BG, 2225, 0302, 4h37m
03.18.17, IONTBfb/, Skyway Bridge: Emergency vehicles atop the top of southbound lanes of bridge after report received that male jumped within the past hour.
 Tom Letterle   Thomas Letterle •

obituary • obituary
03.08.17: possible something
thank you, jumpnews reporter:
03.08.17, Patsy, Terra Ceia, Police on top of skyway, lights flashing. Hope its only a traffic stop. From my condo on Terra Ceia Bay.

any more info is welcome.
02.17.17: possible something
thank you, jumpnews reporter:
02.17.17, Shannon W., irb, (6:55pm), Black Altima parked on the north side of the hump going south bound flashers and headlights on didn't see anybody in the car when passing by. Traffic was heavy called fhp hoping it was a break down

any more info is welcome.
02.12.17: jumper, 10:18pm, female, died, body found
Sherry Anne Dufresne, 52
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
02.12.17, Bill E., Riverview, Fl., (10:18pm, female, died, body found), HCSO sending units to skyway. Reported body had been found by a boat that is trying to tie a rope to it. No response unit from Pinellas showing on their 911 site yet. later: HCSO Has the body. Was recovered by private boat. ECSR & USCG would not respond due to body being found already. Pinellas Co 911 showed no units dispatched. Hillsborough had SO1(chopper) & M11 & units on bridge.

02.12.17, Gabbie, (11:10pm), Jst drove over bridge 6 policemen at top of bridge taking pics of a i believe honda civic & some leaning over side! I hope its not another jumper 😥

any more info is welcome.
02.12.17, Hillsborough Sheriff, SUICIDE ATTEMPT, SKYWAY BG, 2214, 0530, 7h16m
 Sherry Dufresne   Sherry Anne Dufresne

obituary • guestbook
01.25.17: jumper, male, 12:05pm, died, body found
Wayne Finley, 54
unofficially, the 300th jumper from the skyway.
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
01.25.17, Michelle, St.Pete, Fl., (12:00pm), I am on the St.Pete side of the bridge stuck in traffic. As I hit the top I see about 3 cop cars on each side of traffic on the bridge. They are looking over side into water. Possible jumper... I have screenshots of police activity on the bridge.

01.25.17, Ann, clearwater, (11:50am, male), South bound. Male on the barrier wall with the passenger side door open. Police, rescue on scene. Looked to be mid 30's, Brown hair, blue button down shirt. Appeared he was yelling at those on scene.

01.25.17, Lori, St Pete, FL., (12:00pm, male), As I was driving SB in the bridge, there was a young man standing on top of his car, surrounded by police and other emergency vehicles. Hope they were able to talk him down, seemed to be heading in that direction.

01.25.17, Anon, My friend just crossed the bridge and said a man was standing on the wall. There were police and more on the way. The bridge is closed in that direction. This was reported to me about 12:30

01.25.17, Sue S. G., facebook, I was driving by when this was happening, it was awful several people were trying to talk to him he was so upset and shouting, just feel awful. His poor family and those who were trying to help.

01.25.17, Eileen E.,

01.25.17, Corey H., Stafford, VA., After landing at Tampa airport, around 11:40am we were driving South on I 275 (near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge), a very angry man in a grey SUV type vehicle was following us so close that he was almost touching our bumper. I was sitting in the back seat so I could see him very clearly. He continued to lay on the horn (but we couldn't go anywhere with a car in front of us and a tractor trailer in the left lane right next to us). Once he could pass, he sped up in front of us and jerked his car in and out of our lane (he was literally trying to run us off the road) He seemed very angry and in a hurry. He had brown hair and a blue dress shirt on. Once we got to the top of the bridge, we passed a car pulled over in the right lane. The man was getting out of his car and walking toward the edge of the bridge. When we saw him, I said to my mother-in-law & daughter, "that's him! I'm 100% sure that was the guy who tried to run us off the road! I said he either has a flat tire or he's going to jump". When we got home, I looked online and saw this article. (you're lucky this did not cause you any direct danger. we imagine his day took a bad turn and his anger led him to end it. we hope you and yours can cope with what you went through.)
Corey H., Stafford, VA., Thank you for the kind words. I just wanted to share my info in case it shed any light on why/what may have led him to do this. It was very scary, but we are shocked and saddened that it ended that way. I feel horrible for the responders and the bystanders that may have actually seen him jump. (we get many responses from people that were going along with their day one minute, witnessing someone's last living act the next. it's surreal and distressing. while some get through it well enough, we do have some that can not lose that moment, changing their lives forever more. suicide can effect everyone, even total strangers, when they are pulled into what should be a private act. be well.)

thanks also to Tina C., St. Petersburg, Martin k., tampa, billy n., bradenton
any more info is welcome. disagreement
01.25.17, Hillsborough Sheriff, DECEASED PERSON, SKYWAY BG, 1147, 1636, 4h49m
01.25.17, IONTBfb/, Skyway: Law enforcement activity atop the bridge in the southbound lanes. #MoveOver ---- Right lane blocked
---- Update 12:05PM: Skyway Bridge: Southbound lane blockage as subject jumped from the bridge. FWC had boat below and is working to get person on-board.
---- Another tough one as first responders witnessed the man jumping from the bridge. Confirmed deceased. comments:
•Kelli H. S., Just drove past it guy was standing on ledge screaming at cops.
•April M., You must've been driving by as I was. I saw him yelling too, he grabbed onto the top of the car door and leaned back. He sounded distraught and possibly drunk.

01.25.17,, Man dies after jumping off Skyway
Pinellas - Law enforcement is investigating a suicide off of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge on Wednesday.
According to Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins, a man jumped off of the Skyway at 12:05 p.m. He didn’t survive the fall and his body has been recovered.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office will be continuing the investigation.
According to the FHP website, troopers were dispatched at 10:58 a.m.
Southbound traffic over the bridge is congested. comments:
•Sue S. G., I happened to be on the bridge when this was happening. It was aweful to see this man so upset. I wish him peace but wish he would have found the strength and support he needed. RIP and to his family you are in my thoughts and prayers. Also thinking of the law enforcement officers and others who were trying to help him.
•Karen W., I was there also. They stopped the traffic just as I got to the top of the bridge and I witnessed the whole thing. What a feeling of helplessness not being able to do something for him. Peace to him and his family.
 Wayne Finley   Wayne Finley

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01.25.17, Bill E., Riverview, Fl., Vehicle photo from the rear shows it has a DV (Disabled Vet) license plate. SAD (and with the stunning record of care the 'veterans administration' has demonstrated through the years.~)

01.29.17, Blair, Trout Creek, Canada, Regarding the DV plate Bill E. noticed in the photo. This makes two veterans in one week jumping from the Skyway Bridge. Reading the obituary for David Prior, he had everything: his wife, children, even parents. University education, employment, Green Beret and Special Ops Captain. What could possibly have happened to leave it all behind? (according to, 20 vets commit suicide every day. in the article, "In 2014, the latest year available, more than 7,400 veterans took their own lives, accounting for 18 percent of all suicides in America. Veterans make up less than 9 percent of the U.S. population." that would indicate that vets are twice as likely to self eliminate as the general population. note: we can not verify if that vehicle belonged to this particular jumper or if indeed he was a vet.)
01.18.17: jumper, 8:35am, male, died, body found
David L. Prior, 55
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
01.18.17, Rebecca h., Bradenton, fl., (8:40am), I am not sure what happened but the South bound side had cops looking over bridge and as we went further towards North bound we seen paramedic's heading southbound.

01.18.17, Dave, Hillsborough County, I was driving over the Skyway this morning heading northbound when I saw all the emergency personnel at the top of the bridge in the south bound lanes. First jumper death of 2017. My condolences to the friends and family of the deceased. RIP.

any more info is welcome. disagreement



01.18.17, Hillsborough Sheriff, SUICIDE ATTEMPT, SKYWAY BG, 0839, 1358, 5h19m
01.18.17, IONTBfb/, Sunshine Skyway: Emergency vehicles on the bridge. Recreational boat with person who jumped from the bridge. Southbound lanes. #MoveOver later: Body recovered. Deceased.
 David Prior   David L. Prior

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01.20.17, Mike A., Coral Gables, FL., Dave Leo Prior, was a financial advisor with Waddell & Reed, and he was an Army Veteran. A truly wonderful person and dear friend. He will be missed.
01.05.17: jumper save, male, 5:00pm
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
01.05.17, mAki, @skywayjumpers, a male attempted but the police were about to get hold of him

01.06.17, Rick H., St. Petersburg, Save, Eye on The Bay reports FHP prevented a jump attempt yesterday, Thursday.

01.06.17, f93, Bradenton, (01.05.17, 5:00pm, male), Saw this omw home. I saw this after it happened when I passed by. Looked like the had the guy on the ground on some sorta mat. I was wondering if the EMT had sedated him? The emt had gone past me right at the start of the hill heading towards bradenton.

any more info is welcome.
01.05.17, IONTBfb/, Skyway: Caution traveling atop the bridge due to law enforcement activity. Southbound lanes later: Subject taken into custody by FHP Trooper comments:
   Kevin S., I was behind the undercover cop that stopped on the NB lane and jumped the barrier. The failed jumper was just kinda starring off the edge into the distance, pretty scary. He didn't notice the cop until the last minute and by then the cop had a hand on him.
   Claudia H., It was a young boy. ··· Looked like like teens early 20s.

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