Kirkland man dies in jump from Deception Pass Bridge

A 40-year-old Kirkland man killed himself last Friday by jumping from Deception Pass Bridge.

Detective Ed Wallace, a spokesman with the Island County Sheriff’s Office, said two passersby tried to talk the man out of jumping. The two individuals spoke with him for about five minutes, but they couldn’t persuade him to change his mind.

“He made a dash for the rail and then jumped,” Wallace said. “No hesitation.”

The incident was reported at 5:48 p.m.

Wallace said witnesses said the man’s breath smelled of alcohol, but a narrative didn’t indicate why he felt troubled. The man left his unlocked car parked at the bridge with his wallet inside; no note was found.

The man’s body was found washed up on Rosario Beach on the Skagit County side of Deception Pass about three hours afterward.


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