An un-Seattle-ling jump
(from BBC News - 22 October 2001)
Woman heckled to jump from bridge in Seattle.
What is the World coming to....
Seattle's image as a civilised city has taken a blow after rush-hour motorists shouted at a woman to hurry up her suicide jump so traffic could clear.
The unnamed woman caused three hours of traffic hell after threatening to jump off a 50-metre (160-foot) high road bridge over Seattle's Ship Canal.
Police trying to talk her down had to shut one side of the bridge after drivers crawling past the scene started offering suggestions.
"We had motorists, truckers, people in a Metro bus, screaming at her to jump," assistant police chief John Diaz said.
A police spokesman said that while officers were trying to talk the woman down, motorists were shouting things like "just do it" and "get it over with".
Despite coaxing from police negotiators, the woman carried out her threat and jumped. Police divers said she hit the water backside first and probably hit the bottom too since the water is only 4.5 metres (15 feet) deep.
She was rushed to a local hospital, where her chest and abdominal injuries were described as critical.
Police spokesman Clem Benton told Reuters news agency: "Obviously when you have an individual in some type of crisis, yelling for her to jump is very insensitive to that person's life".
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