A man died in a leap onto I-5
near the Denny Way overpass from an overpass between Capitol Hill and downtown Saturday night and was struck by a vehicle that did not stop. UPDATE: A commenter says the man apparently jumped from the Pine/Boren overpass area. We plan to ask for more information on the location and any suicide prevention efforts being made in the area. UPDATE x2: The man is reported to have leapt from the Pike overpass, according to officials. It’s the same location where this man jumped in October.
According to the Washington State Patrol, troopers and medics responded to the scene just after 11:30p Saturday night following a report of a body in a northbound lane of I-5.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
The area near the overpasses between Capitol Hill and downtown over I-5 has seen regular occurrences of people jumping, falling or attempting to cross the busy freeway to access fenced-off areas often used by homeless people to camp. A representative for WSP says the preliminary investigation did not show that the man was trying to cross the roadway or accidentally fell in Saturday night’s incident.
Troopers say that the man was struck by a vehicle after the fall. The vehicle’s driver did not stop and continued to drive away. WSP is trying to locate the vehicle but has no information about the make or model.
Traffic backed up as lanes of the freeway were closed during the response and investigation.
CHS respects the sensitivity of covering suicide and attempts to cover incidents like these by sharing the facts in a responsible manner that provides information about what is happening on the streets and in the community around you. Here are two resources to help those in need: National suicide-prevention hotline: 800-SUICIDE. Local Crisis Clinic: (206) 461-3222.