Good Samaritans help save life of would-be Tappan Zee Bridge jumper

The would-be jumper was taken into custody and

The would-be jumper was taken into custody and brought to Westchester Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation. (Credit: News 12 )

RYE - A group of quick-thinking good Samaritans helped save the life of a 20-year-old from Armonk.

State troopers say that the young man attempted to jump off the Westchester side of Tappan Zee Bridge early Tuesday afternoon, but was stopped by passing motorists.

Chris D'Onofrio, of Thornwood, was one of the rescuers. He was on his way home from the Palisades Center in Rockland County when he noticed the commotion of others trying to prevent someone from jumping from the bridge, so he stopped to help.

D'Onofrio said that he and a couple of other men were able to pull the young man back over the railing.

Police have not released the name of the 20-year-old.

The would-be jumper was taken into custody and brought to Westchester Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation.

The new Tappan Zee Bridge is expected to be designed with barriers to prevent people from jumping off the structure.

 

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