Family Members Tried to Stop Bridge Jumper

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A view of the Tappan Zee Bridge
A view of the Tappan Zee Bridge Photo Credit: Meredith Shamburger

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Family members of Scott Uzzo, a 24-year-old Hawthorne resident who police said jumped from the Tappan Zee Bridge Wednesday, rushed to the bridge to stop him from jumping, but arrived too late. Uzzo had told them of his plans earlier, police said.

New York State police said Uzzo was driving northbound on the bridge in a Hyundai Tuscon when he stopped, got out of his car and jumped off at approximately 2:52 p.m.

Uzzo had been in the car by himself, but police said he had made some statements to family members earlier in the day telling them that he was going to jump off the bridge.  Police said family members rushed to the scene after attempting to intercept him, but arrived at the bridge shortly after he had jumped.  The family was able to confirm the identity to police. 

Police patrolled the water below the bridge along with assistance from several local fire departments, but later suspended the search due to high winds.  Dive units will be sent back out to resume the search Thursday morning, police said. 

Tappan Zee Bridge officials have implemented several measures in recent years to dissuade distressed people from jumping, including placing cellular-based phones connected to a suicide hotline along the bridge and training bridge staff in suicide prevention. Suicide fencing and traffic cameras have also been installed along the bridge.

Despite the efforts, three suicides have been reported at the bridge in 2011, according to the New York State Thruway Authority. There were six attempts, involving seven people but some suicide attempts were thwarted in the process.

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Its possible to shop at risk and we knew that its one of attraction place we've seen. Perhaps there's an advantages of traditional bridge construction if there's a calamities to happen will not get damage.

"rufio2go" is right! Many so-called and inaccurately referred to, "professional" news correspondents, are interested in sensationalizing any story they can get their hands on .... and in anyway they can, regardless of who it hurts in the process. Sadly, doing their "homework" requires a bit of additional effort and, God forbid, might delay publication. In their haste to be credited with the story, they often rely on 3rd, 4th & 5th-hand information passed down from person to person. Well, I think we all know what happens to the facts in these cases. More than often, by the time they get the story and have published it, there is no longer any resemblance even close to the actual facts.

My sincere heart-felt condolences go out to Scott's family and friends. He was a wonderful person!

"Uzzo had been in the car by himself, but police said he had made some statements to family members earlier in the day telling them that he was going to jump off the bridge."
Hey Meredith and Redmond, do your homework and stop publishing false statements. He did not call his family telling them, he was going to jump off the bridge. This is not true.