By Miriam Raftery
January 28, 2018 (Pine Valley) -- A man committed suicide by jumping off the Pine Valley bridge off of Interstate 8 tonight. The tragedy was reported shortly after 5 p.m. The victim has not been identified, but a white Toyota sedan was parked at the scene.
The Pine Valley Creek bridge, also known as the Nello Irwin Greer Memorial Bridge, is 440 feet high with a 450-foot span, one of the highest bridges in the U.S. Named for the engineer who found a way to spare the region’s pine forests from destruction, the cantilevered bridge has tragically been the scene of many suicides through the years.
If you are suffering from depression, there is help available.
For immediate help during a crisis, call the San Diego Access and Crisis hotline at (888) 724-7240. Counselors are available to talk with you.
You can also dial 911, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255, or call the Share the Load Program at 1-888-731-3473.
Another option is to text 741741 for free support from the Crisis Text Line.
Please know the warning signs of suicide, and seek immediate help when you hear or see any of these behaviors. You could save a life.