Monday, June 18, 2012
Suicide happened near the Virginia Square Metro station.
A 32-year-old man jumped to his death from the ninth floor balcony of a residential apartment onto the sidewalk of North Monroe Street near the Virginia Square Metro station shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday. Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said the man, who lived in the apartment, died instantly. No one else was present in the unit when he jumped. The building is located on the 900 block of North Nelson Street, but the man's apartment faced North Monroe Street. The police have ruled the incident a suicide. The suicide caused minimal traffic disruption, but a portion of the sidewalk on North Monroe Street was taped off. Police cleared the scene by 10:22 p.m. that night. Police have not released the man's identity.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
The Examiner reports that WMATA's program to prevent suicide has been slow to launch.
Nine people attempted suicide last year by jumping in front of Metro trains; only two survived. The Washington Examiner reports that two more have been struck since the beginning of the new year. The number of suicides is alarming in light of WMATA's stalled efforts to prevent them. A plan to post suicide hotline numbers inside stations has not been implemented yet. According to the article, WMATA "was given" a $70,000 study from the American Association of Suicidology, but declined to release the findings of the report to the press because "it contained sensitive information that would need to be redacted." WMATA also refused to release information to Patch on a McLean man who jumped in front of a train at the Clarendon metro station in …
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Earlier reports of a jumper on the Key Bridge were not substantiated.
Updated 7:30 p.m. An earlier report that a person was planning to jump from the Key Bridge appears to have been a false alert. Both Arlington and D.C. officials confirmed that no person was located in connection with the incident. Arlington County Detective Crystal Nosal said the individual did speak with Arlington's 911 dispatch, but that the Key Bridge is D.C.'s domain. D.C. Fire and EMS Spokesperson Pete Piringer said there was "nothing found" when teams reported to the scene. Original Post: A person is threatening to jump from the Key Bridge that spans the Potomac River between Arlington and Georgetown. According to sources, the Arlington County 911 is on the phone with a person claiming they are on the Key Bridge and going to jump. …