Woman Jumps to Death on Highway 1 Overcrossing

Suicide occurred during Tuesday-morning commute.

A middle-aged woman died Tuesday morning when she jumped from the State Park Drive overpass onto Highway 1, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office reported.

The suicide happened during the morning commute. The woman, whose name has not been released, stopped her Lexus on the overpass, got out and went over the bridge into northbound traffic, according to sheriff's Lt. Bob Pursley.

The first 911 call came in at 8:20 a.m., and California Highway Patrol officers went "Code 3" with lights and sirens to State Park Drive. When the first officer arrived at 8:23 a.m., the woman was already on the pavement, CHP officer Sarah Jackson said.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The sheriff's office is handling the death investigation.

Although the woman jumped into heavy traffic, no vehicles were involved, according to Jackson.

Northbound traffic was stopped completely when emergency crews responded. One lane remained closed more than an hour later while deputies investigated and crews cleaned up the area.

The two-lane State Park Drive overpass runs between Soquel Drive and the Seacliff area. It has a sidewalk for pedestrian access with a waist-high metal railing but no protective fencing.

Jackson said “it’s not the first time” someone has committed suicide by jumping from one of the county's highway overpasses, but she didn't have information about prior incidents.

Angela Elmore- Gallardo March 11, 2011 at 07:23 PM
Does anyone know why she did this or what lead up to ? I can't shake the thoughts of her reasoning at that single moment... What could have upset a person of her nature to do such a thing? I feel so bad for anyone that knew her, as I did not. Since this happend I have been thinking of her and her family and just can't process why or why she felt at that moment that she needed to end her life? My thoughts are with you all. Angela a.gallardo71@yahoo.com
Clare Obeng April 08, 2011 at 03:10 PM
Rest in Peace Azin. I met you once, your smile will never leave me. You were a beautiful soul, warm and welcoming to an English girl on her travels. God alone can know the answers. x
G July 07, 2011 at 11:04 PM
My support and love to all those affected by this. I also wanted to extend another resource to all those touched by this. Our county as a great Suicide and Crisis Line reachable toll free at 1877 663 5433. This line is available 24 hours a day, every day, is free, and multilingual. In addition, it is a confidential service, so we dont have to give our names, or phone numbers, its very private. This is simply a place where we can reach a caring individual who is willing to listen, for any reason. Please note, you dont have to be suicidal to call, although, you can reach help if you are worried about someone or worried for yourself. Many people call to talk about difficult loses, or the difficulty in supporting their loved ones who have recently lost someone. A dear friend of mine killed himself this past Fall, and afterwards called, and was amazed at how wonderful they were. I hope you too can find the support and care you need during this trying time. Loosing a loved one to Suicide is a unique and painful experience and we all need to take good care of ourselves when we've been touched.
lisa jensen December 22, 2011 at 08:53 AM
Oh my Azin, my dear, dear Azin. I moved out of state and have been dealing with overwhelming health issues. I just learned of this today, December 21, 2011. I have been crying all night and have so much shock and grief. All night I have found myself repeating "This was NOT Azin". I am so glad that tMorgan makes a point of that.Please anyone, feel free to contact me as I am just learning of this and am in deep sorrow and shock.Praying for all of us.Love you and miss you terribly girl, your friend Sharian
Tricia December 23, 2011 at 10:09 AM
Sharian...I am so sorry you are dealing with this now. Lets talk, and I can help you with what we have all already learned and be a listening ear...I know the shock, pain, disbelief and all that goes with finding out about this...please email me with your phone number at sunny1067@hotmail.com I will call you whenever I am able today... Tricia


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