ECHO PARK — A woman was in serious condition after she fell off a bridge Monday afternoon and on to traffic lanes below in what police said appeared to be an attempted suicide.
The woman fell from the viaduct that carries First Street and Beverly Boulevard over Glendale Boulevard on the southern edge of Echo Park near the Bob Baker Marionette Theater. Lt. Wes Buhrmester of the Rampart Division provided details about what happened:
Yesterday at about 1:20 pm, two officers were at Glendale Blvd. and 2nd St. when a citizen directed their attention to a woman who was on Beverly Blvd., which passed over them. She had one leg over the railing and appeared to be contemplating a jump. Officers broadcast what they saw and requested traffic be blocked on Bevelry Blvd., and the street below.
While driving to where they last saw her, they lost sight of her for a short time. As the officers arrived, she was gone. They looked over the railing and saw the woman prone on Glendale Blvd. with visible head injuries. They rendered aid, and LAFD paramedics transported her. She was unconscious during the subsequent investigation, but it is believed she attempted suicide.
The woman had no identification and she was not recognized by passersby or officers who work the area, Buhrmester said. She is described as a Latina, 20-30 years, 5-3 to 5-5, 150 pounds, with brown hair and eyes. She has a fair complexion, and was wearing a black t-shirt, black yoga type pants, and pink and black running shoes.
If anyone has information about the woman’s identity or family, they can call Rampart Detective Division at (213) 484-3450, or send an email to Buhrmester at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference report DR No. 14-0217559.
*Update on Wednesday, Sept 17: The victim has been identified by family, according to Buhrmester. She is still in critical condition, in the intensive care unit.