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Motorists Save Would-Be Cold Spring Jumper


Wednesday, July 20, 2011
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Passing motorists prevented a 17-year-old Oxnard girl from jumping off the Cold Spring Canyon Bridge on 7/18. Authorities received a call of a young woman who appeared to be texting while walking on the bridge, and who looked like she might jump. Several people stopped their cars and pulled her away from the edge. The woman, who had left a suicide note in her vehicle, struggled quite a bit until CHP officers responded. County mental health officials arrived and took her to Cottage Hospital, where she was met by her family.

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I am so glad that people stopped when seeing this girl. As the mom of a 17 year old, I have watched my own child suffer and think that their world is over. It is so hard getting them to comprehend that life changes, time passes, friends come and go, it does get better, etc... I am happy that she has a second chance.

m2457 (anonymous profile)
July 20, 2011 at 4:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Well done, passing motorists!

sevendolphins (anonymous profile)
July 20, 2011 at 5:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Caring human beings, not ugly fences prevent suicide. Hats off to the folks that recognized a situation and actually did something about it.

Riceman (anonymous profile)
July 20, 2011 at 5:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Caring humans definitely can prevent suicides. So can caring humans who erect fences around dangerous jumping places!

sevendolphins (anonymous profile)
July 21, 2011 at 9:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Caring humans erect fences placing more value on saving human lives over and against someones "ugly" opinion!

poetcrab (anonymous profile)
August 24, 2011 at 10:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

If this barrier erection had been put to a vote, my family and I would have voted "No Barrier." Every friend I spoke with said "no" to this barrier. It is ugly, and now we have to live with it forever, as though it were some sort of panacea for those with suicidal intent.

chilldrinfthenight (anonymous profile)
August 15, 2013 at 10:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

agree heartily, chill. Comment by m2457 nails it: it takes PEOPLE, caring compassionate humans like these passing motorists, to help save the suicidal. Can't agree sevendolphins; mathwise I'd rather the $800K that was spent on the special Cold Spring fencing went to several other MORE HELPFUL social assistance program: helping the homeless (before they decide on suicide), teen-centers, jobs retraining... Neither walls nor barrier fences can honestly protect us from ourselves, at best a caring neighbor or friend can help. It might even be that this barrier fence is a way to satisfy our guilt that we aren't doing enough, just spend $800,000 and then don't have to think about suicidal friends or THE ENORMOUS ECONOMIC INEQUALITIES ravaging our country.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
August 16, 2013 at 8:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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