This is the first entry in a two-part series.
Thursday, May 1, 2008 | By the numbers, case No. 07-02619 was the 233rd person to commit suicide from the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge.
On a cool, misty early morning last fall, she stopped her vehicle in the westbound lanes, opened the door and went to the bridge’s northern edge. She leaped over the 34-inch railing without hesitation, according to a witness who called 911 on his cell phone.
The woman, a Navy sailor, hit the San Diego Bay at a speed faster than cars are supposed to go on the bridge.
The devastating injuries she sustained from the impact with the water did not kill her. Instead, she drowned in the bay.
The county Medical Examiner’s Office put an identification bracelet on her right ankle, gave her a case number and noted her place of death as “San Diego Bay, N. of Pylon 19.” She did not make the news.