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TZ Jumper, Mid-20s Female, Pronounced Dead

State Police reveal bridge jumper was woman in her mid-20s from Connecticut; she was pronounced dead shortly after being rescued from the Hudson.

Original story contains updates.

Rescue crews from Rockland and Westchester counties quickly pulled, but were unable to save, a jumper out of the Hudson River Wednesday evening after a leap off the Tappan Zee Bridge's mid-span.

State Police Investigator Joseph Becerra said the woman, recovered from the water at 5:15 p.m. by the Nyack Fire Department, was pronounced dead at 5:40 p.m.

Becerra described her as in her mid-20s and from Connecticut, withholding her name pending notification to next of kin. The state investigator was interviewing witnesses who saw her stop her Nissan Versa before jumping from a point about one-quarter-mile onto the northbound span of the bridge.

The incident occurred at about 5 p.m.— an unusual time, noted one Tarrytown police officer, for a bridge jumper. The Tarrytown train station parking lot, where Tarrytown rescue crews were stationed, was packed with exiting commuters, and the bridge dense with slowed traffic. 

Nyacker Christina Place witnessed the woman pull her car to the side of the bridge and jump off, she said.

"I was coming home from work," Place said. "I saw the car stop, and then I [saw] a woman jump out of her car, and without hesitation run over to the fence."

Place said she was one of many motorists who attempted to prevent the woman from jumping, but could not reach her, either with words or actions.

"Before anyone could get out of their cars to pull her off the fence, she was over," Place said. "Clearly she had an intent."

"I nearly lost it, I was so upset by what I saw," Place added. "I hope she makes it and gets the help she needs."

Tarrytown Fire Chief Eugene Gasparre received confirmation at 5:17 p.m. that the woman would be transported by rescue boat to the Tarrytown side of the river. Rescue officials had to wait a short time for an ambulance to arrive as Tarrytown Volunteer Ambulance Ambulance Corps was on another call.

Until Sleepy Hollow Ambulance Corps arrived moments later, the rescue crew performed CPR, though the woman reportedly had no pulse at the time. SHAC transported the woman to , where she was soon pronounced dead.

Firefighters and police were on hand to ensure the ambulance could exit the crowded parking area safely, keeping both cars and onlookers at a distance. Volunteer firefighters from Central Nyack were on the bridge, while volunteers from the Nyack and Piermont fire departments were on rescue boats.

Becerra said the investigation was ongoing.

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elaine September 05, 2012 at 10:17 PM
it's so sad that someone could think of no alternative.
John Doe September 06, 2012 at 02:23 AM
I like how our government use tax payers money to fix the bridge and put up higher fences to prevent suicide, yet it doesn't work and the bridge is being replaced anyway. Condolences to the family
Myles Birrittella September 06, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Maybe on the new bridge instead of higher fences (someone in that condition can scale anything) a netting system be designed to catch the jumpers. If they realize the can't reach the water, they will not even try it. Unfortunately they'll most likely go somewhere else. Very sad.
Lorraine September 06, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Prayers and condolences to her family, these despondent people need to be reached before they get to a fence......
Krista Madsen (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Story update with her identity, always sad to put a name to it: http://patch.com/A-x61z
Tyler Durden September 06, 2012 at 03:06 PM
You are a very small person. The fact that you can write such drivel only shows how your little world is so insulated from reality. The VAST majority of suicides are the result of a mental illness, some diagnosed, many not. I hope none of your family members ever has a mental health issue because they will get no support from you.
Tyler Durden September 06, 2012 at 03:07 PM
For information about suicide please visit: http://www.afsp.org/
paula September 06, 2012 at 03:09 PM
TROLL. GO AWAY.
Smitty Chesterfield September 06, 2012 at 06:04 PM
couldnt they then jump off of the net?
Stu Pidaso September 07, 2012 at 08:45 AM
Krista Madsen you make me sick..."always sad to put a name to it"??? Is what you said, but then you search her facebook and share all the info you can find down to describing her profile picture!?!? Can you let her rest on peace??? Try thinking about the humans that you are writing about that actually have feelings...unlike you!!!!
Stu Pidaso September 07, 2012 at 08:46 AM
*in peace*
michie September 10, 2012 at 06:26 PM
I am so saddened, my prayers and sympathy to family and friends are with you all

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