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.