A man running to the aid of victim of a car wreck on a bridge died when he fell off the bridge: NY man trying to help another dies in bridge fall It was night, and 44-year-old Kevin Ryan saw an overturned car in the opposite lane. He ran to give assistance, and when he came to to a concrete barrier between the lanes he simply jumped over it. But he hadn't noticed there was a 17-foot gap between lanes of traffic. He jumped and when he expected to land on the other side, there was simply nothing under under his feet. He fell to his death on rocks 50 feet below the bridge.
That just makes me sick. The guy in the car wreck had some scratches. Life is just not fair.
There is a lesson here, and for the same reason the flight attendants tell you to put your own oxygen mask on first before helping children or others who need assistance with theirs: you can't help anyone if you need help yourself. That was a great and selfless thing Kevin Ryan did, and I'm sure he was hurrying to give aid because he was afraid of serious injuries of the occupants or of fire breaking out in the wrecked vehicle.
But I wish he had been a little more cautious. Protect yourself first.
Wanna go Double Dutch?
9th December 2003
Well that sucks, but I'd expect to be able to jump over such a barrier aswell. Ea: What if their is a massive car accident (fire etc.) and people try to get away and jump over the barriers? I guess they didn't took "people who rush in panic or other reason to cross the bridge" into consideration when they designed the bridge. The same could happen incase a vehicle (or motorcycle) would land ontop of the barrier due to an accident...
A fence onto/behind the barrier to make "hopping over" next to "impossible" (unless one starts climbing over it with great effort) or a grid in between (also for maintance and such perhaps) would have been nice.
Poor sod. :(
Horrible story. I used to work at a place that routinely flooded, a very low lying area. There was a ditch with an open pipe at one end. When it became overwhelmed and the whole area was 3 feet under water, a guy wading around had no idea what he was approaching. That drainage pipe is now all fenced in. After that they found his body a few miles away.
Unfortunate, but it happens. Can’t help anyone if you get yourself in a situation or worse. This past winter a bus driver for the city was helping an elderly lady across a busy stretch of highway at dusk in a snowstorm. She made it across, but he wasn’t so lucking. An uncoming car plowed him. He survived but with a broken hip and a few other bones, and to add insult to injury he was sited by the State Patrol for reckless endangerment resulting in an accident and of all things jay walking (he let the client out a few blocks from the actual bus stop, because her house happen to be across the street where he stopped. He should have just taken the time to get her up to the bus stop where the actual crosswalk was and where there was better lighting. A little inconvenience on both their parts would have saved him the woe).
God damned old ladies... Betcha she had to have that loaf of bread or a quart of milk. Old people havent realized we can get the snow plowed out in a day, no need to horde...