N.J. man jumps to his death from Tydings bridge

December 30, 2008|By Richard Irwin

A New Jersey man died yesterday morning after he jumped into the Susquehanna River from the Millard E. Tydings Memorial Bridge on Interstate 95 near Port Deposit in Harford County, the state police at the John F. Kennedy barracks said.

Police said Trooper Adam Davies was on patrol and was driving north on I-95 about 7:15 a.m. when he saw a man jump into the river. Police said Davies reported the incident and moments later found an unoccupied 2007 Honda parked in the northbound right lane.

Police said Harford County firefighters and marine units of the state police and state Department of Natural Resources entered the water and recovered the man's body a short time later. The victim was taken to the nearby Tydings Marina and pronounced dead. Police identified the man as Zvi David Zahler, 24, of Clifton, N.J. His family was notified by New Jersey police, and the incident remains under investigation. Police knew of no reason for the man jumping to his death.

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