A depressed Maryland Institute art student died late last night after he jumped off the Howard Street bridge onto the Jones Falls Expressway and was struck by a postal truck, city police said today.
Traffic Officer James Schaekel said the student, Alexander Dejan Markovich, 24, of the 2100 block of St. Paul St., was pronounced dead at the scene from massive head injuries.
The truck driver, Michael Gibson, was southbound on the JFX about 11 p.m. when he saw a man plummeting off the Howard Street bridge, Schaekel said.
Gibson told police the man landed in the roadway directly in front of his truck and he was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting him.
Gibson, 36, of the 2100 block of Northridge Drive in Bel Air, was not injured and no charges were placed against him, police said.
Markovich, who was robbed at gunpoint of $50 Monday by two men, had been drinking heavily for nearly two weeks and recently was released from the Johns Hopkins Hospital detoxification unit, Schaekel said.
Markovich had visited his mother in New York over the Christmas holiday and was given a check for $800 as a gift, Schaekel said, adding that Markovich had deposited the money yesterday.
Markovich's roommate, whom police declined to name, said he and Markovich attended separate art classes yesterday at the school and then had dinner together at home.
During dinner, the roommate later told police, Markovich became more and more upset and said he was going to kill himself.
After dinner, Markovich left the apartment in a depressed mood, Schaekel said.
Later, the roommate and another man were walking near the Jones Falls Expressway when they saw the lights of several police cars parked below the Howard Street bridge.
Inquiring about the activity, they learned that their friend had taken his life.
The roommate told police that since the robbery Monday, Markovich had seemed to go into a deeper and deeper depression.
Police said no arrests have been made in the robbery.