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.

Gigi February 25, 2011 at 06:44 PM
Maybe a Facebook page in her name would be helpful? People can have a place to go to upload her photos and share memories and grief.?
John Brooks February 25, 2011 at 07:07 PM
Hello. If anyone feels like they might need caring one-on-one support/encouragement in this difficult time, Twin Lakes Church (TLC) can provide you that opportunity through a trained stephen minister. The phone number for the TLC Stephen Ministry is 831-465-3395.
Tricia February 25, 2011 at 07:49 PM
Gigi...there is a group just created called In Loving Memory of Azin Dehi Jones. Go ahead and search it and you can ask to join the group....
Tricia February 25, 2011 at 08:11 PM
The church asked that anyone choosing to come to the service would RSVP so they have an idea of how many will attend for refreshment purposes...I will post the best way to do that (phone, contact name, email, etc.) as soon as I hear back from them. Thanks for posting Connie.
zsuzsa February 25, 2011 at 08:19 PM
My Sweet Azin! I don't know where are you right now. I just want to let you know that my love for you never dies. We were like sisters.You became my first friend when I moved to Usa. You were my solid rock .Icould always count on you.We spent a lot of time talking, LAUGHING...I am so sorry that I wasn' there for you in the last couple of months. I was so cut up with a new baby and a 3 year old. I feel guilty that I couldn't read the signs. I didn't know! I miss you so much! I don't know how to cope with your loss! Love, Zsuzsa
Tricia February 25, 2011 at 08:33 PM
Zsuzsa...please see my post about the group on facebook...It has already helped me to see all the love and some memories of her...if it helps you....nothing can at this moment, I know, but at least you know you are not alone in your shock, grief, disbelief and love for our dear Azin.
zsuzsa February 25, 2011 at 08:55 PM
Thank you Tricia!
Elaine February 25, 2011 at 09:21 PM
I am still in shock after hearing the news on Wednesday. Like all of her friends, she spend many a night making me laugh when I was down, providing Godly counsel when I was going through a tough time, as a Robin stated, had the power to show enormous empathy. I will miss her calling me "E" and her notes that would suddenly appear in my mailbox that would always bring a smile to my face. Thank you to whoever started the FB page, just requested to become a fan...as I always was and will always be. As I sat on my couch and heard the news from another dear friend, I look up and see a picture that is still in my living room that Azin and I took New Year’s 1999. We always had such great times. She had such a power to make friends and make everyone she meet feel special and was a dear friend, even upon first meeting her. She was truly a gift from God…and now she with the Father in peace…I love you Azin!
Roxy February 25, 2011 at 10:07 PM
I knew Azin as a kid. She and I played in family parties, and I remember her beautiful round face with a big smile, and mostly how she always played fair, making sure, you were taken care of and everyone is happy. I lost touch with her for over 30 years, and yet this news haunts me, and I can't stop thinking about her beautiful kind smile. Ana, you may not remember me, but I am a second cousin of yours and I wanted you to know, that you, your parents, and Azin's husband are all in our prayers. Please accept our condolences. Cousin Roxy
t morgan February 25, 2011 at 10:50 PM
Tricia, I sent you my email. I cannot post it here or I should say I won't. But please call me and let me help you sort through it. To everyone who witnessed it and did not know Azin, it is important that you get some type of counseling. You may not think so, but you will and are affected and it may come to haunt you. I am so sorry for Azin's family. We loved her so, but especially, at this time, my heart, as does all our hearts, go out to her family. I am so sorry. So very very sorry. T
t morgan February 25, 2011 at 10:51 PM
Oh and Tricia, if you don't seem to get the email, remember always check your spam folder okay? There is never really any closer for this type of grief. I am still crying and in shock, but you can perhaps gain a concept of some of the whys this type of thing happens. Azin always had her happy side, that's the side she showed everyone. The other side, the much smaller side was very sorrow filled. Blessings. T
t morgan February 25, 2011 at 10:53 PM
Dear Brad, That is the only good that came out of this. Because of this, all of us, all of us who hung out together who had lost contact in the past several years have all banded together and apologized. I used to get everyone together, but I lost all of that about a few years ago. I have been reminded again. Blessings. T
t morgan February 25, 2011 at 11:28 PM
Z, she is with our Lord with His loving arms wrapped around her. Please, everyone! Know this is not Azin. She was a private, yet outgoing person. She had some type of misfire in her brain, and sadly, no one could have (this goes to those who witnessed this, could have saved her. There wasn't time. She did not plan it, I don't believe that. I believe this was an instantaneous decision. I so wish I lived close enough for the memorial. Blessings and please, know that this is NO ONE's fault. Blessings. T
t morgan February 25, 2011 at 11:38 PM
Ana, I left a note. I want to send pix of Azin in Hawaii and other places we all had fun so you have them. I will scan them in and send them. Just give me a call. Love to your family. I am so so sorry. T
t morgan February 26, 2011 at 01:39 AM
Gina, as I say to all of you who witnessed this and other incidents such as the first post. Please seek professional help. PLEASE. You can only process what happened in front of you so much with others that were also there and then you need an outside party, someone who is not involved with you, to help you make better sense. There will never ever be an answer for our dear friend Azin's path. I can tell you this is NOT Azin. She was a bubbly person in person, but also very private. This was an instant act, not planned. Even if her husband or anyone else had tried to save her, they simply would not have had time okay? She unbuckled, lept out of the car, opened her door and ran from all accounts, then jumped up, said she was going to jump and did. If it had been someone you loved, someone you knew, you still would not have had time to save them. The physical facts, and I am not saying this because I didn't love her or that I haven't been crying since I was informed by a friend. I did love Azin, my heart is broken that I was not there to stop her, but the physical facts are that in any account, she had at LEAST four seconds ahead of anyone at least. By the time anyone had unbuckled, or even if they were not buckled, opened their door and jumped out, she was already gone. But please do get help. It can be a hotline or a program that is available for this type of situation if you don't want to go to counseling. Blessings. T
t morgan February 26, 2011 at 01:43 AM
Thank you for posting this. It's important. Hopefully it can help others who might be in the same situation. Life is not easy. Everyone of us can tell stories, some of us a whole lot more than others. But what needs to be said again, and I am so sorry to say it again, but I know from personal experience and research and school, if someone wants to kill themselves, you might stop them once, you might stop them twice, but unless they get the help and the medication to get their chemicals back on track you will not stop them. Please NO one, especially Ana and her family, Blame themselves. Please. Blessings. T
Josh February 26, 2011 at 02:25 AM
wow Azin used to babysit my sister Sarah and was a family friend for 20 years, I'm very sorry for your loss, miss you Azin. Josh, Lisa's son & Sarah's brother.
Walter Jones February 26, 2011 at 06:27 AM
Hello, I am Azin's husband Walter. The last few days have been too overwhelming for me to read the comments posted here earlier than tonight (2/25). I wish I had been quick enough to grab Azin and pull her off that bridge to safety, but I wasn't. Words cannot convey the grief I now feel, yet as I have mentioned to others, I am experiencing firsthand the truth of Psalm 34:18: "The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Thank you, Drew, Jamie, the emergency responders, and all the rest of you who stayed with me on the bridge after this happened. And thank all of you who have left your well wishes on this site. I take comfort in all of your support, and in the fact that Azin is now in her loving Heavenly Father's arms. If any of you would like to get hold of me directly, please leave messages at Twin Lakes Church: 465-3300. God bless all of you. Walter
Tricia February 26, 2011 at 07:43 AM
Walter, I am overwhelmed and touched by your post...and appreciate your willingness and honesty in communicating with those on this site who have been affected by this. I can't imagine what you must be going through, but I know that the Lord is wrapping His arms around you, and He has her in his arms as well... Words cannot express what we all feel right along with you, but we are here. That is all..we are here...with you in our hearts...just being. Thanks friend...I loved your silly wife so much, and miss her terribly...even before this happened...She was a friend to all...and a soul that will never be forgotten, and I am so thankful that I get to spend eternity with her singing out of key in my ear.... :o) Tricia
Jessica Schattenburg February 26, 2011 at 03:37 PM
A poem for Azin A tragedy A loss so great A feeling you arrived a moment too late No words to express the pain you feel Those left behind thinking it can't be real A sense of humor A beautiful smile Wish I had known her if just for awhile An impression remains With a stranger and friend Of a woman who shone brightly all the way to the end....
t morgan February 26, 2011 at 06:23 PM
Hi Walter, I am so sorry for your lost. I have known Azin almost since she arrived here with her family. I was heartbroken when I got the call. Please know, as I posted above and will re-post here that there was NOTHING you could have done. It was in her hands along. really. And she is in God's arms now. It's not your fault, it's no one's fault. I am CERTAIN she did not plan this. It was a misfire in her brain as I have said. With that said, you will deal with the grief as you are of what you think you should have, could have and didn't do. There is nothing you could have done. Here are the physical facts that I posted prior: This was an instant act, not planned. If anyone else had tried to save her, they simply would not have had time ? She unbuckled, lept out of the car, ran then jumped up, said she was going to jump and did. The physical facts, and I am not saying this because I didn't love her or that I haven't been crying since I was informed by a friend. I did love Azin, my heart is broken that I was not there to stop her, but the physical facts are that in any account, she had at LEAST four seconds ahead of anyone at least. By the time anyone had unbuckled, or even if they were not buckled, opened their door and jumped out, she was already gone. Walter, if you need to talk about Azin before you knew her and get the photos I have, please call Rhonda she has my digits. I will scan anyway and put on site Trish set up. Blessings, hugs and love to you and your family.
Karen February 28, 2011 at 05:31 AM
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: http://www.afsp.org/ I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my 23 year old niece to suicide 6 years ago March 4. Wishing peace to her family and friends.
Maritza Faed February 28, 2011 at 08:24 AM
To All Of You: We write this with a heavy heart and there are no words to express our deepest sympathy. We will remember Azin with her big smiles, loving and kidness. We, who knew Azin have some idea of how great your loss truly is. In the days ahead, may all of you find some small comfort in your many happy memories. Jafar, Maritza, Michelle, Tiffany Faed
Jennifer Squires March 04, 2011 at 06:48 AM
The community that came together here to share their memories and grieve this tragedy has been amazing. Stories of death often are clinical and lack depth, but all of your comments brought love, friendship and life to this story and, hopefully, helped people heal a little. A reminder, Azin's memorial service is at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Twin Lakes Church in Aptos. The church had asked for RSVPs to know how many people to expect. You can reach the church at 465-3300, though I doubt people will be turned away. Hopefully the service is bright and loving, a reflection of the memories of Azin you all have shared here.
L Phillips March 05, 2011 at 04:51 PM
bright smile warm heart bubbly spirit infectious laugh goofy deep loving dancing singing listening
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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