Body of suicide victim travels 11 miles on top of truck

Victim jumps off walkway, lands on top of moving truck

October 26, 2011|By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun

Motorists saw the man jump off the pedestrian bridge, but not the driver of a passing tractor trailer on which the victim landed. By the time police caught up with the truck and its gruesome cargo, the unsuspecting driver had traveled 11 miles down I-95 from Maryland into Virginia.

There, in the southbound lanes of the highway near Exit 166 in Woodbridge, police retrieved the body of a 38-year-old Gaithersburg man who authorities said had jumped off an elevated walkway on the Maryland side of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge near Washington.

The Virginia Medical Examiner's Office in Manassas ruled the death a suicide.

Police said the incident occurred Tuesday about 2:30 p.m. when witnesses reported seeing the man tumble off the overpass along the Washington Beltway in Prince George's County. Instead of landing on the road, Maryland State Police said he landed on top of a canvas covered, open-bedded trailer, which was hauling waste products.

Police said a motorist called 911 immediately after seeing the man fall. Virginia State Police stopped the truck after 11 miles.

peter.hermann@baltsun.com

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