Hoover Dam Jumper Identified

This week, a woman jumped to her death from the Hoover Dam bypass bridge on Saturday night. The Clark County coroner’s office identified the woman as Patricia Oakley, who was a 60-year-old resident of San Jose, California. This is the first suicide at Hoover Damn.

A Bureau of Reclamation spokeswoman said that on Saturday evening, at around 9 p.m., Hoover Dam police encountered Patricia Oakley on the walkway of the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. They attempted to dissuade her from jumping unfortunately.

The next day, Patricia Oakley was recovered in the morning from the Colorado River.

The Coroner’s Office ruled that Patricia Oakley’s death was a suicide. The bridge opened up in October 2010, and this is the first known suicide that has taken place at it.

The bypass bridge is 1,900-feet-long, and is downstream of the Hoover Dam, which spans the Black Canyon. It is considered the United State’s second highest bridge. Most of the length of the Hoover Dam pedestrian walkway has metal railing running the length of the pedestrian walkway.

In the future, hopefully this kind of tragedy can be prevented. In light of this tragedy, perhaps there should be more law enforcement to help, as well as someone who can help people with psychological issues.

 

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