Man commits suicide by jumping off BQE

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A man killed himself by jumping off the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in Fort Greene on the morning of April 20, according to police and a witness who said his body landed right in front of her car.

The 42-year-old man stepped off the elevated roadway at around 10:15 am, after parking his car near N. Eliot Place and Park Avenue, authorities said.

A woman who was driving along Park Avenue towards Brooklyn Heights with her partner said she saw the man “drop,” as his body fell directly in front of their vehicle.

“One minute I was talking to a person on the phone, and the other I’m screaming,” said Greenpoint resident Carolyn Ayola, who was in the passenger seat at the time.

The man was still breathing when she got out of her car, Ayola said, but even though police and paramedics arrived within minutes, he died at the scene.

Traffic was backed up on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway for miles while police investigated and removed the abandoned car, according to Ayola, who said a friend was up on the highway.

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide, do not leave the person alone; remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs, or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt; call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273–8255; and take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Updated to reflect that Ayloa was not driving.
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Tony V from South Slope says:
My condolences to all parties involved. Suicide is a tragic occurrence. Thank goodness that Ms. Ayola is ok.
April 21, 2016, 10:26 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Agree with Tony--talking on the phone while you're driving is very dangerous and she's lucky she isn't hurt and didn't hurt anyone else.
April 21, 2016, 11:27 am
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Of course this is just one man's opinion, but shouldn't this "Ms. Ayola" character receive, in the very least a ticket for talking on the phone before running over this poor man? Am I missing something here? There seems to be more to this article than meets the eye. Thank you.
John Wasserman
April 21, 2016, 11:57 am
Ruth Brown (Brooklyn Paper) says:
Carolyn wasn't driving the car -- she was in the passenger seat -- but I agree we didn't make that clear. Will edit.
April 21, 2016, 12:04 pm
TOM from Brooklyn says:
How quick people are to condemn drivers, or even car passengers. How will this fatality be counted on the Streetsblog accounting system? Only partial blame to the deceased. After all he was fine until he hit the roadway. Of course, 51% on driver.
April 21, 2016, 6:12 pm
Carolyn A from Greenpoint says:
I was the passenger. I was talking on the phone, when I saw him fall. It was awful.
April 21, 2016, 6:57 pm
Carolyn A from Greenpoint says:
John Wasserman- no one ran over the man.
April 21, 2016, 7:09 pm
Selfish In Life from Life says:
As if the BQE traffic isn't bad enough. Use a bridge or a high rise like normal people. That way you only have to be fished out or scraped off the sidewalk with minimal traffic interruptions.
April 21, 2016, 11:14 pm
Carrie from Ct says:
Cant people read??? My goodness a man was severly depressed and decided to end his life. Sad very sad. People are focused on a passenger talking on the phone assuming she was the driver even though it states she was a passenger. And now she ran the man over... No people read...he fell right in front of the car. Moral of the story if you see a loved one suffering from depression get them some much needed help so this does not happen to them.
April 21, 2016, 11:16 pm
Cathy from Greenpoint says:
We should pray for the souls of all involved. Very very sad.
April 22, 2016, 1:57 pm
Buffy says:
Pray for the souls of the trolls that haunt this newspaper, Myopia Mike, and the ghostly John Vasserman.
April 22, 2016, 5:21 pm
Tami from Brookly says:
Omg i was at school naer that just like one block away
April 23, 2016, 3:52 am
Educate yourself from Green point says:
Reading is fundamental
April 23, 2016, 8:30 am
Cynthia from Clinton Hill says:
She was talking to a person on the phone while she was driving really? hhm smh. lucky she didn't drive over him.
April 23, 2016, 8:21 pm
Me from Bay Ridge says:
"Greenpoint resident Carolyn Ayola, who was in the passenger seat at the time."
April 23, 2016, 8:31 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Ah. So the plot thickens. This Carolyn Ayola character (if that IS in fact her real name) was not only talking on the phone while driving, but she WASN'T EVEN SITTING IN THE PROPER SEAT!
Oh, what a world this is. Now I've seen it all.
John Wasserman
April 25, 2016, 2:17 pm
Wincey Howard says:
His depression came from the media. In his walkman, the last cassette tape he listened to was Pootie and The Blowfish's "kill you-Self"
April 25, 2016, 7:46 pm

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