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.