Body of Tappan Zee Bridge jumper recovered
Authorities have recovered the body of a man who jumped to his death early this morning from the Tappan Zee Bridge.
Police say at around 4:30 this morning, 58-year-old Jeffrey Waldhuter drove his Mini Cooper to the middle of the span of the bridge and jumped into the Hudson River.
His body was later recovered in an area near Irvington. Police are still investigating.
The suicide brings into question the effectiveness of multimillion-dollar fencing installed at the bridge to prevent such incidents. In a statement, the New York Thruway Authority said: "The Thruway Authority has undertaken extensive measures to deter and impede these types of incidents. Actions included the installation of safety fencing and emergency-call telephones and enhanced bridge patrols intended to identify potential suicidal individuals before an actual attempt is made."Work continues on anti-suicide fences for Tappan Zee BridgeFences to go up on TZ Bridge to thwart suicides