UPDATE: Woman Dies After Jumping Off Bridge Near 696 onto Woodward near Zoo

Woman reportedly stopped her vehicle in turnaround and leapt onto busy underpass lane.

11:00 p.m.: The Detroit News reports a woman who jumped onto the Woodward Avenue underpass was a 40-year-old Oakland County resident. She was taken to in critical condition and later died.

About 1:30 p.m.: A woman jumped from a bridge onto the southbound underpass lane of Woodward Avenue just south of the Interstate 696 service drive early Saturday afternoon, police confirmed.

Michael Flener of Pleasant Ridge was driving by near the Detroit Zoo when he saw a woman stop her vehicle on the turnaround bridge.

“She was out of her car and up on the rail,” Flener said. “My first thought when I was driving by was ‘uh-oh’.” Flener said he didn’t see much after that.

Sgt. Michael Bunting of the Pleasant Ridge Police confirmed a person jumped off the turnaround bridge in Pleasant Ridge before 1:30 p.m. and was transported to a hospital in critical condition.

"She parked her car on the turnaround bridge, put her hazards on, climbed the wall and jumped," Bunting said. There was no evidence of foul play, he said.

Royal Oak, Ferndale and Berkley police worked together to close the Woodward Avenue underpass to traffic while officials retrieved the woman and Pleasant Ridge police investigated.

“Everyone in the tunnel had to turn around and get out,” said Karly Bolton of Clawson.

Bolton was driving southbound on Woodward at 1:35 p.m. and noticed the underpass was closed. She proceeded south on the surface level of Woodward over I-696 and saw a Jeep in the turnaround.

“The engine was still running,” Bolten said. “All the doors were open and the police were searching through it. They were even looking in the trunk. Other police were looking over the rail. It didn’t look good.”

Bolten said people in another vehicle parked behind the Jeep looked like witnesses. Police officers were interviewing them and an ambulance arrived at approximately 1:40 p.m., Bolten said.

The woman's identity was not released.

Ardy December 20, 2011 at 04:47 PM
Leslie - If the comments to not break the Terms of Service, then please refrain from attempted censorship. I don't think it is your place to define what types of topics and comments should be left here.
Leslie Ellis December 20, 2011 at 04:58 PM
Ardy, I strongly urge you to read and adhere to our Terms of Use if you would like to continue commenting on the site; here is a link: http://berkley.patch.com/terms. Here are some excepts: "Communities thrive when people care about each other, and as such, Patch expects all of its users to be respectful of others. ... Patch will make the sole determination as to whether Content is acceptable for the Service. ... Treat others as you’d like to be treated. ... We want to keep Patch a safe and friendly place, so in addition to any right or remedy that may be available to us under these Terms of Use or applicable law, we may suspend, limit or terminate your account, or all or a portion of your access to the Service, at any time with or without notice and with or without cause."
Christine M. Kole December 20, 2011 at 04:58 PM
Patch, please stop the running commentary on this article, and put it to rest, now. It's not the aforementioned Ardy's column. Let the poor suicide victim rest in peace, too.
Cody Cocker December 20, 2011 at 05:07 PM
Out of respect for the family-can Patch please delete these pictures?
Ardy December 20, 2011 at 05:08 PM
Then, Leslie, the burden is on Patch to make better decisions about what they publish on this website. Perhaps that's the place to start and not be reactionary. "Instead of trying to memorize all that, you might boil it down to three main policies: “Keep it clean,” “Don’t try to trick people,” and “Treat others as you’d like to be treated.” Easy, right? " I've kept it clean, didn't trick anyone and have treated others as I would like to be treated. The issue is that some people here do not agree; which is their right. However, just because they disagree doesn't mean that I should be censored. Also, I don't post on the Berkley/HW Patch and it's not my fault that other city's "business" gets lumped en mass on the public comment section. This is news just like anything else. I wouldn't think that we would all love to be lock-step. The world is a diverse place. If you want to make it the same then that says more about you than me. Tough topics should be talked about. If anything, there have been more than a few people who have been rude to me and posting ad homiems. I have kept it on topic and have not attacked back. Good luck, Leslie


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