How Deadly Is It? - Voice of San Diego

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Is the Coronado Bridge the second deadliest “suicide bridge” in the country, as some news reports have suggested? It’s hard to say.

No agency tracks suicides by bridge on a national basis. Also, the deadliness of a bridge can be measured in two ways — by the total number of deaths or by an average per year. It is clear, however, that four bridges — including the Coronado Bridge, with 233 suicides to date — have well-deserved reputations as suicide magnets.

Other bridges with high numbers of suicides are:

  • The Golden Gate Bridge, with more than 1,250 suicides since it was completed in 1937. (Source: San Francisco Chronicle.)
  • The Aurora Bridge in Seattle, with more than 230 deaths since 1931. (Source: AuroraBridgeFence.com)
  • The Sunshine Skyway Bridge near Tampa with at least 140 deaths since 1987. (Sources: St. Petersburg Times; Tampa 211.)

—RANDY DOTINGA

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