Fall from Maxwell Bridge seriously injures man

2012-01-25T16:15:00Z 2012-01-26T08:39:51Z Fall from Maxwell Bridge seriously injures manRegister staff Napa Valley Register
January 25, 2012 4:15 pm  • 

A man suffered major injuries after either falling or jumping 54 feet from the southern side of Maxwell Bridge at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Napa Fire and Police departments. 

The man, who was not identified, landed in a grassy area 80 feet from the Napa River, authorities said. He was conscious but had visible injuries, Police Sgt. Amy Hunter said.

The man apparently was walking alone prior to the incident, authorities said. Napa Police Lt. Debbie Peecook said the incident is being investigated as an attempted suicide. 

A witness, Jesse Allured of Napa, said he saw the man standing outside the railings of the bridge before he apparently jumped.  

The man was transported by ambulance to Queen of the Valley Medical Center, Napa Fire Capt. Roger Reichenberg said. Peecook said he was then flown by helicopter in critical condition to another hospital.

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  1. Dirty Napkin
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    Dirty Napkin - January 25, 2012 4:51 pm
    We don't have a Maxwell bridge anymore :-/
  2. glenroy
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    glenroy - January 25, 2012 5:58 pm
    That will cost us at least $1,000,000.00 and depending on the long term care 10x thanks to free healthcare on demand.
  3. Napa
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    Napa - January 25, 2012 6:05 pm
    That Bridge should be re-named "Misery Bridge" not "Maxwell"
    it has become now a bridge with Golden Gate stature inviting possible suicides to jump off it.

    A construction worker lost his life when a section collapsed during construction, one other person jumped off of it last year and fortunately hit water below and survived.

    Contractors and the city may have to place high mesh screens on both sides like those that are on our freeway overpasses to detour this type of problem.

    I personally knew it was only going to be a matter of time before someone jumped. Until the city does take percautions
    on this matter possibly more people will attempt to commit suicide off this span. Get busy Napa officials and quit sitting on your thumbs and ignoring a possible growing problem before someone looses their life!!!
  4. napablogger
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    napablogger - January 25, 2012 6:06 pm
    Dirty Napkin said: "We don't have a Maxwell bridge anymore :-/"

    We don't? What's it called now, Imola Bridge?


  5. SouthNapa
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    SouthNapa - January 25, 2012 6:58 pm
    Napa said: "That Bridge should be re-named "Misery Bridge" not "Maxwell"it has become now a bridge with Golden Gate stature inviting possible suicides to jump off it. A construction worker lost his life when a section collapsed during construction, one other person jumped off of it last year and fortunately hit water below and survived.Contractors and the city may have to place high mesh screens on both sides like those that are on our freeway overpasses to detour this type of problem.I personally knew it was only going to be a matter of time before someone jumped. Until the city does take percautionson this matter possibly more people will attempt to commit suicide off this span. Get busy Napa officials and quit sitting on your thumbs and ignoring a possible growing problem before someone looses their life!!!"

    People that want to commit suicide will find a way to do so. Leave the bridge the way it is.

  6. Napa
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    Napa - January 25, 2012 10:51 pm
    You are very correct "SouthNapa" President Kennedy spoke of his own assassination hours before that fateful motorcade through Dallas, He said "If anyone wanted to shoot the president, all they would have to do is get on a high story building with a rifle, and no one could prevent it." Just 2 hours later he was cut down by assassin's bullets.

    Mesh might not help, but it possibly could discourage someone who wanted to take their own precious life. Life is good and everyone has the God given right to live and they shouldn't take their own or another's. My implication was simply put a stop to it now before it goes to far in the future.
  7. Barry Martin
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    Barry Martin - January 26, 2012 7:48 am
    @dirty napkin and napablogger - the new bridge was given the same name as the bridge it replaced - Maxwell Bridge - at a dedication ceremony in June 2006.
  8. Chit Chat
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    Chit Chat - January 26, 2012 7:52 am
    Has the victim been identified? If not, why not?
  9. Dirty Napkin
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    Dirty Napkin - January 26, 2012 9:09 am
    It should have been named after the man who died while working on it.......That was sad.
  10. Native74
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    Native74 - January 26, 2012 10:25 am
    Amen SouthNapa. Don't blame the bridge for people choosing to jump from it. And please don't waste taxpayer dollars to study safety improvements or nets to prevent the few who will find someway to end their tortured soul. The funding would be better suited to try and help these people, which is another topic of discussion.

    I just hope whomever it was that fell/jumped is able to find that needed help.
  11. Barry Martin
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    Barry Martin - January 26, 2012 10:56 am
    @dirty napkin - A plaque was placed on the bridge honoring Richard "Chris" Stevens, the worker who lost his life during construction in 2003.
  12. Joe B
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    Joe B - January 26, 2012 7:08 pm
    glenroy said: "That will cost us at least $1,000,000.00 and depending on the long term care 10x thanks to free healthcare on demand."
    Yep, health insurance who needs it, healhcare is free.
  13. REPUBLICANKID
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    REPUBLICANKID - January 30, 2012 11:53 pm
    Barry Martin said: "@dirty napkin - A plaque was placed on the bridge honoring Richard "Chris" Stevens, the worker who lost his life during construction in 2003. "
    Hi Barry Was it 03?
    I recall 05
  14. NapaFree
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    NapaFree - February 01, 2012 5:24 am
    The outpouring of concern for the injured man and compassion for his family that you all have shown is amazing. (Sarcasm intended.)
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