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Coronado Bridge Suicide

I apologize ahead of time for writing about such a depressing topic. But it too is a part of living in Coronado and I always feel so sad for the victims and their family and friends…


Coronado Bridge

Coronado Bridge

Coronado Bridge is such a beautiful bridge. I love driving across and looking out over the bay. Either direction brings a beautiful vista – Coronado itself, Point Loma and the ocean to the west and Cowles Mountain and other ranges to the east.

But, the Coronado Bridge has a dark side. It is tragically a popular spot for suicide. In fact, it has the third highest number of suicides of any bridge in the country.

As of the beginning of December 2009, 236 people had died in suicidal falls from this two-mile-long stretch.

But you won’t hear about most of them in the news. You’ll hear about them in the grocery store line, on Twitter, from friends and neighbors. Or sometimes you will horrifyingly witness them yourself.

Such was the case last year as my husband and I were driving east on the bridge heading out of town for the week.

And such was the case yesterday when yet another desperate person plunged to their death after leaping over the side of the bridge.

Last year I frantically texted and twittered friends and acquaintances to find out if the person had by any miracle survived. I had a friend who had seen the young woman stop her car mid-span and thought it odd because there didn’t seem to be anything wrong with the car. She too was horrified to learn that the woman had jumped.

After a day and a half I learned from someone who talked to inside sources who wished to remain anonymous that the woman had died. I also learned that if a person jumps into the water and survives, the case comes under the jurisdiction of the Coronado or San Diego Police department depending on who responds and which side of the bridge the person is taken off. These cases appear in the news.

However, if a person jumps into the San Diego Bay and dies, the case comes under the jurisdiction of the San Diego Harbor Police. The Harbor Police have a strict non-disclosure rule about suicides and so these cases never appear in the news.

Kevin Caruso of Suicide.org says that in his interactions with people who have survived a jump from a bridge, their experiences are eerily similar.

Almost without exception — immediately after they jumped, they wanted to survive.

He goes on to say that over 90 percent of the people who die by suicide have a mental illness at the time of their death.

And because depression is the most common mental illness, untreated depression is the number one cause for suicide, and depression and other mental illnesses are highly treatable.

Some of the other “suicide bridges” around the country have erected barriers and others have approved future barriers. Back in the 1980’s when the suicide toll was the highest; most everyone backed a plan for a barrier on the Coronado Bridge. Everyone that is but Caltrans.

Do you think a barrier should be put up on the Coronado Bridge?

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75 Responses

  1. 1
    Dorothy 

    Omg I just found out about Angela, we used to work at Alvarado in DOU together…She was amazing person..I’ll miss her.

  2. 2
    Summer 

    Angela’s Obituary is online in the San Diego Tribune for anyone wishing to leave thoughts or express any condolences to her husband or family in the guestbook. I know Angela would love to know so many of us cared, cherished and will miss her. I would love to know you, hear your stories of Angela as I have many to share too and how you know her, please feel free to email me and I will do the same. Summerflo@yahoo.com. Thank You Coronado Cookie for this blog to help us grieve and express our thoughts. In times of disbelief, sorrow and pain we will seek out anything about our loved ones in hopes to find out anything.

  3. 3
    Hurting still 

    It’s been 2 1/2 months since my best friend Felipe Hernandez aka junior, jumped off the bridge. Not ONE day goes by that I don’t think about you. I spent so many hours at your grave talking to you, crying and just wishing you were here. I wish I would of known that the words you were telling me had a deeper meaning. You told me you were tired, needed a break, that you were un happy and I said man up. I didn’t know how serious it was. I lived you more than anyone will ever know. I still look at your picture and visualize all the fun times we had together. I wish I could of helped you in some way, I wish I could of said good bye. I’m still dealing with this pain and it the worst pain I’ve ever gone through.
    You will always be special to me junior…
    As for Angela and everyone who is the Family or friend of a suicide victim, my thoughts are with you as dealing with a suicide is the worst of any deaths. Us left behind are the true victims. I would love to advocate for suicide prevention, a barrier or anything that stops this impulsive act. Also if anyone is intetested in grieving class for victims of suicides , once I find one I will post it. God bless everyone and you all will be in my prayers ..

  4. I cry a little with every post… I am glad to offer the space offer everyone to connect, support each other and to grieve.

    If you would like to set up a memorial page, please let me know and I will create one.

  5. 5
    Hurting still 

    To Coronado cookie
    I thank you and this website allowing me to post here and helping me get through this. So many of us fail to realize how many people actually jump off this bridge to a painful death and how it affects the people left behind so much. Th police do not disclose jumpers nor does the news talk about it. I think creating a memorial page exclusively for people who have jumped off the Coronado bridge and passed away would be a wonderful idea. We need to find ways, for ourselves, to honor our loved ones in a special way. I can help you as well create it or anything that is needed.
    Also the rock church has a support group for families and friends who have lost loved ones to suicides. It is in point loma at the rock church every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30.
    Another good website is http://www.twloha.com
    My heart breaks fir everyone who posts her but just remember you are loved!!

  6. 6
    blue 

    Those of you who have lost someone to suicide should consider attending the Survivor Day conference to be held Nov 17th. It will be a place to connect with others and find resources to help you in your grief. go to the afsp.org website and find san diego chapter.

  7. 7
    kristal sais 

    oh my jr just like still hurtn said I 2 wish you would of said sumthing real as a matter of fact last time I saw u 3 days before you passed at the bar we wud go to weekly just to talk bout how i was doing with my guy currently busted you always wanted to know bout me always telln me if i was ok n the last time i seen u i saw you looked tired I saw you looked all bad i asked you wat was goin on u stared telln me I just laughed and said the same shit man up n now I regreat sayn that to u everyday since u been gone. I luved u like a brother and wish you were still here, i fuckn miss you Stash

  8. 8
    Hurting still 

    I miss you junior.I’m sitting here crying trying to pick up the pieces and figure out what went wrong. You were such an amazing person and I am sorry if I failed you as a friend. I should of seen the signs..
    I love you junior

  9. 9
    ANNETTE 

    02/19/2012:
    if you were still alive…. you would be so proud of me… calling me “DJ NO SKILLS” what chu know bout your baby momma djing outside the bob marley fest on sunday, lol. whos “dj no skills now?” lol i take you with pride and joy when i go DJ, i love you so much. i miss you so much. OUR BBY GIRL MISSES YOU SO MUCH!
    Man….. what can i say? i am depressed because your crazy ass is GONE! its so unreal still and i freakin cry everytime i think of tuesday morning…Aida had to tell me the bad news, her eyes… Felipe…. Ive never seen them so swollen and red before, ever! and she wasnt high ok, lol! just an FYI: Justin hooked her up for her bday… gave her about 270$. he loves her so much…. I wish you were here, she cant really eat! her demeanor has changed, she isnt the same, were not all the same… I LOVE YOU!!!!!! REST IN PEACE STASHER!!!!

  10. 10
    rocky 

    Feb 14, 2013 I lost my husband, my Gordito. Miss so much he has left me and my 21 month old baby girl with such emptiness. I can’t believe u r gone and I cry everyday . It’s so hard when our daughter ask for you it kills me. I knowmit was not u when u were on that bridge u would not jump , it was urban illness who took you as everyone’s tell me. I know u loved US too much. I will always love you and have you in mymheart. So many people that loved you now u are in a better place and we are here hurting much because u r gone our life’s have changed for ever u leave me with our treasure our beautiful daughter that everyday looks more like you! Please give me the strenghtbto keep fighting in this faked up world. Ur wife always.

  11. 11
    hurting still 

    Rocky
    Would you like to talk? I too can relate to you. If you need someone to talk to then leave maybe an email address. I also know some support groups than can help you. I will keep you and your baby in my prayers…

  12. 12
    Johnny 

    Not one, but two of my brothers jumped from Coronado bridge. It is so depressing to look at the bridge.

  13. 13
    Lin 

    These stories are so sad. I had no idea just how notorious this bridge was. My uncle jumped from this bridge to his death in march of 2008 after fighting with his wife. He was 25 and left behind a baby as well. I never saw it coming. His wife won’t speak to our family since his death and moved, so we are left in the dark about the whole thing and haven’t seen the baby since. The baby would be about 6 years old now.

  14. 14
    unknown 

    Every time i hear someone jumps from this bridge my heart stops. everytime i hear someone commits suicide now I feel pain. I avoid going to any where that reminds me of you. Today I went to go visit you and someone was having a burial service. I felt pain. When I saw your grave it made me smile. I remembered how amazing you were. You left so much behind and so many people that hurt. Your Family misses you so much. I cant even look at the bridge without hurting. its been almost 9 months. It feels so recent. I miss you so much. You were such a big part of my life. Today I couldnt stop thinking of you. I wish you could come to me in my dreambut it never happens but i suppose that is good and means you are resting in peace. You will forever be my June bug…
    Felipe Hernandez 10/29/82-7/17/12 <3

  15. 15
    Unknown 

    Thinking of you a lot today Felipe. My heart hurts for you..

  16. 16
    Stephanie 

    My friend – Denise S. took her life on the bridge yesterday. I am desolate. Unbelievable pain. My heart goes out to her family and friends. You will be so missed – dear sweet friend. Good journey. Grief is overwhelming.

  17. I am so very sorry for your loss Stephanie. I had no idea someone had committed suicide yesterday…

  18. 18
    Kristi 

    This is all so sad. I had no idea so many people jumped off the bridge. I visit Coronado often and as I was leaving last night I saw a man considering jumping. The officers were just pulling up to talk to him as I was going by on the other side of the bridge. Any idea if he jumped. I sure hope not. I prayed for him since that was all I could do…

  19. 19
    gloria 

    Stephanie
    I worked with denise in 2012. She was a beautiful and nice woman. May her rest in peace.

  20. 20
    Dj 

    Its been almost two years since I lost you Felipe. It still hurts like yesterday .i miss you! !!♥

  21. 21
    Carmen 

    Saw a white truck parked at the top of the bridge today at about 11AM – no driver in the car … It was parked facing Coronado and we were coming from there … no walkers. Hope all is well.

  22. 22
    Tina 

    2015. April 17. We lost a young, smart, highly intelligent 21 years old boy there. RIP Aaron, we miss you dearly :((((

  23. 23
    Robin 

    On Oct. 21 2014 My Beautiful Sunshine smile Drove his car to the bridge and did not even turn off his car he got out climbed and jumped. He must have drivin over it hundreds if not thousand of times in hs 29.98 years of life (He turned 30 Nov 5) I cant imagine how many times he must have contemplated and thought that he would end his life there. I can never drive over that bridge again. My child loved and served The Lord all his life. I can only say That this world was to much for his sweet, caring kind heart. I can only tell people to make sure you let your children KNOW that they are loved and NEEDED.

  24. I am so very sorry for your loss and heartache. May the happier memories give you some comfort and may the Lord bless and keep you.

  25. All that is needed is a snag net, that could be invisible and below eye level, and would serve double function for safety of painters of bridge….only needs to go out about 6 1/2 feet, and underneath. Would not block any view, and would hardly be noticeable

    Why has something so simple NOT been done by all the brilliant, yet useless politicians , that debate, refuse citizens desires…and cost many young lives, including my son, Bobby Mansueto..to a short term depression so common in young adolescents.

    Seems simple logic is not part of the politicians cognitive systems. What sayeth yee out there?

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