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Highway 1 Suicide Victim Was from Soquel

The man who walked into traffic Wednesday has been identified.

The victim of Wednesday's Highway 1 crash has been identified as Arthur Muniz, 63, of Soquel.

Muniz in the right lane of the highway just south of Park Avenue in Capitola at 7:56 a.m.

Traffic was backed up for several hours as the scene was cleared and investigated.

Muniz was struck by a truck and killed instantly. Fire personnel were called off before they even arrived because Muniz was dead when first responders arrived on scene.

Wednesday's incident marked the fifth public suicide in mid-county since the start of last year. In March of 2011, a woman , making this week's the second to heavily impact traffic. 

The Crisis Hotline at the Suicide Prevention Service of the Central Coast can be reached at 831-458-5300.

Johnny June 23, 2012 at 06:58 AM
Penny and all, he had serious medical issues which obviously affected his mental state, more than a lot of his friends realized. Yeah we would have preferred he got some help or to BHU, or as it has resulted, not involved others. But it is what it is...I could argue that if we banned vehicles and allowed only bicycles, this wouldn't have happened. Many more car accidents not involving suicide wouldn't traumatize innocent people or their children...and so on. Thus blaming things doesn't really help. Prayers for all involved, and perhaps all of us doing more to reach out to our fellows who may be distressed, might.
Lorraine Hanley June 25, 2012 at 09:45 AM
Penny Lane, fathom this, keep your god damn opinion to yourself. What is appalling is you judging someone you never even knew. Did you not consider his family and friends reading what you said. So I agree go f %$# yourself. My deepest condolences to his family. RIP Arthur
Lady Sweetlove June 25, 2012 at 07:10 PM
It is truly sad that this person felt compelled to take his life; never mind he did it publicly. To those who saw him die, why all the noise? You see more death and gore on tv or at the movies! Did anyone say a prayer for him? God rest your soul, Arthur, and may you now find a measure of peace.
george June 27, 2012 at 06:24 AM
you are lucky to have good mental health which really doesnt put you in a place to judge those who don't. wait until a time when you are tormented by unrelenting anxiety and depression until you can't stand it and you might re-assesss.
Molly July 12, 2012 at 12:56 AM
With all the stress and pressure of daily living, it is a wonderful state of affairs that we are not required to judge others. This man was a tortured soul; he was not in his right mind. May his family and other loved ones find some semblance of peace knowing that Mr. Muniz is free of the agonizing suffering that lead him to take his life.

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