Man Convinced Not to Jump Off Colorado Street Bridge by Crisis Negotiators
Pasadena News Now / February 28, 2020
Negotiators convinced a distraught 29-year-old Inglewood man not to jump to his death off the Colorado Street Bridge during a two-hour incident Thursday afternoon.
He was uninjured. Police said he was to be taken to a hospital for psychological evaluation.
The Colorado Street Bridge has become controversial because many people object to the methods being used to prevent the suicide jumpers who have come to span over the decades.
Currently, a 10-foot tall tight-mesh chain link fencing is installed as a temporary measure as the City reviews different permanent options.
The installation of emergency fencing on the sides of the bridge in 2017 coincided with a dramatic drop in the number of suicide attempts, from eight cases in 2017 to just three in 2018, or a 63 percent drop, according to Pasadena Police Department records.
The National Suicide Hotlines are available 24/7 at 1-800 SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) and 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
Additional help is available at the Didi Hirsch 24-hour Crisis Line: 1-877-727-4747 (en Español: 1-800-628-9454)