Suicide ruled in Rankin Bridge jump
An elderly Turtle Creek man jumped to his death from the Rankin Bridge in Whitaker on Thursday.
The incident occurred at about 8:19 a.m. and the man was declared dead at the scene at 8:41.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office ruled the death a suicide and said the man died from multiple blunt force injuries to the head, trunk and extremities. The examiner's office said his identity will be released pending notification of his next of kin.
Allegheny County police are investigating the incident.
Whitaker police Chief John Vargo said he did not have a lot of details, but said it was his understanding a witness told investigators the victim “pulled up, parked his car and did what he did.”
Several police cars parked on the bridge while the investigation was carried out at the scene. Investigators were visible under the bridge in the area of the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail.
Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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