This is the second entry of a two-part series on suicides and the Coronado Bridge. Read the first part here.
Friday, May 2, 2008 | Back in the 1980s, the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge had a problem: People kept jumping to their deaths, 16 in one year alone.
The California Department of Transportation, which operates the bridge, asked local mental-health advocates for help. Drew Leavens, the chief of suicide prevention for the county at the time, told Caltrans to install a barrier.
Others agreed, including a coalition of Coronado church leaders. The father of a 17-year-old bridge suicide victim told a San Diego newspaper that a barrier made sense. The Coronado City Council threw its support behind the idea.