Police were diverting traffic around Eastlake Ave near the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Wednesday morning after a person leapt to their death from the Lakeview Blvd E overpass, a busy connection between Capitol Hill and the Eastlake, Cascade and South Lake Union neighborhoods, below.
The person believed to have jumped in the incident just after 9a was dead by the time crews arrived, according to Seattle Fire. We do not have additional information about the person at this time. A witness CHS spoke with said he found an abandoned backpack on the overpass that was retrieved by police.
CHS has reported on recent suicide attempts involving leaps from overpasses of I-5 around Capitol Hill. The leap from the Lakeview overpass of I-5 above Eastlake Ave is the first we are aware of in the area since April.
Resources to help those in need: National suicide-prevention hotline: 800-SUICIDE. Local Crisis Clinic: (206) 461-3222