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UPDATE: Medical Examiner releases identity of woman who jumped off State Route 76 overcrossing onto Interstate 15 in Fallbrook


Monday, April 28th, 2014
Issue 18, Volume 18.
Debbie Ramsey
Managing Editor
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Shortly after 9 a.m. this morning (Thurs., May 8), the San Diego County Medical's Examiner's Office released the identity of the woman who jumped off the State Route 76 overcrossing onto Interstate 15 in Fallbrook on Sunday night, April 27.

According to the Medical Examiner, Pamela Suzanne Whitney, 52 of Vista jumped from the overcrossing at approximately 9:29 p.m. that night.

Described by authorities as a divorced, white female, Whitney was said to have been residing in a home with her mother in Vista.

According to investigators "The California Highway Patrol (CHP) dispatch center received a 9-1-1 call from a driver who stated a body had been struck by multiple vehicles on southbound Interstate 15 near the State Route 76 overpass in Fallbrook. CHP and fire department personnel arrived shortly after and confirmed her death due to severe dismemberment and obvious signs of trauma. Law enforcement officers stated it had appeared that the decedent may have jumped from the State Route 76 overpass onto the number one lane where witnesses stated she was initially struck."

The Medical Examiner listed the official cause of death as multiple blunt force injuries.

(previous story)

Person commits suicide by jumping off State Route 76 over-crossing down onto Interstate 15 in Fallbrook

FALLBROOK - The California Highway Patrol has reported that the closure of Interstate 15 at State Route 76 last night was due to a person committing suicide by jumping off the over-crossing and down onto the freeway.

The incident occurred at about 8:45 p.m. on Sunday, April 27.

After landing on the interstate, the person was struck by multiple vehicles. Two lanes of the highway were shutdown over night.

No further information, including the name of the deceased, has been released at this time.

**Watch this site for updates as they become available.**


 

37 comments

Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #1 | Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 12:43 pm
OMG, how horrible!
Comment Profile ImageNew to the Area
Comment #2 | Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 1:25 pm
What is going on in this neighborhood????
Comment Profile ImageReality Checker
Comment #3 | Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 5:07 pm
Thats the most selfish act a person can commit. Period.
Comment Profile ImageRe, re, re,
Comment #4 | Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 5:29 pm
It is sad that a person was so distraught that no one surrounding the person noticed it. Sometimes we all get to a point where we feel hopeless, and it is such a numbing feeling, but normally people around the person would be able to notice a difference even if it is slight.
Comment Profile ImageRVnChick
Comment #5 | Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 5:56 pm
Yup....how to not only screw up your day but seriously screw up everyone elses!
Comment Profile ImageChris
Comment #6 | Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 5:57 pm
In addition to the family left behind, I feel for the drivers he jumped in front of.
Comment Profile ImageBrookie
Comment #7 | Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 6:15 pm
@ Reality Checker...That may be true but, someone that is feeling that low is not in their right mind. Sad..so sad.
Comment Profile ImageOscar
Comment #8 | Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 7:08 pm
We should try to read the signs from friends and love ones with problems and help
Comment Profile ImageFallbrook res.
Comment #9 | Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 10:24 pm
Oh my #3, so thankful you that you have such a blessed life. That poor person may not have been able to see his blessings as clearly. So sorry for the person, the family, the cars below and people and children who had to see it all.
Comment Profile Imagepm
Comment #10 | Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 8:25 am
CHP has assumed this is a suicide without evidence and without any investigation??????
Comment Profile ImageZandor
Comment #11 | Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 10:34 am
@ pm - and what makes YOU assume that the CHP is assuming suicide with no investigation?

It is too bad he felt he had to do this, but he shouldn't have involved all the other people that collided with him.

Unless someone has talked about committing suicide, no one ever expects another to do it....
Comment Profile Imagepm
Comment #12 | Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 11:13 am
I saw no car parked on the 76 overpass. 99% of suiciders drive to the scene and park so they will be noticed. I heard no one mention of a note or any witnesses. There was no RP that called about a jumper. However, before the scene was cleared, even before traffic started moving again, CHP was talking suicide, and just hours later issued a press release. Too soon, and too late at night, for a medical examiner to look at the body, or investigators to even make inquiries.
Comment Profile Imageno friends
Comment #13 | Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 11:42 am
Did anyone think maybe the person who did this had no friends or family? Everyone keeps it up about friends noticing signs. Maybe the person did not have anyone and kept to themselves.
Comment Profile ImageLC
Comment #14 | Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 1:46 pm
CHP told us they were presuming it was a suicide because there had been a report of a possible jumper before it happened.
Comment Profile ImageLE
Comment #15 | Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 9:47 pm
Dear PM.....The CHP received multiple calls of a jumper. I am sure the officers called all the witnesses during their investigation and that is how they were able to conclude suicide.
Comment Profile ImageCan\'t focus
Comment #16 | Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 10:34 pm
I drove past it and there were body parts all over the ground. I am seriously scarred. I've woken up in the middle of the night because this and I can't focus during the day. This is going to take awhile to recover from.
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #17 | Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 at 8:54 am
See a professional Can't focus: You are going to need some help with a traumatic event like this. Good luck and God bless. Tragic situation for all involved.
Comment Profile ImageVILLAGE NEWS
Comment #18 | Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 at 9:25 am
We have contacted the Medical Examiner's Office again this morning (Wed., April 30) and they informed us that the investigation into this incident is not yet complete and they won't release any information (including identity of person, age, place of residence, etc.) until it is finished. Thank you, Debbie Ramsey
Comment Profile ImageBizarre
Comment #19 | Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 at 9:30 am
that there is no mention of this at SD County Coroner web site nor any follow up in any news, agree with all the comments here, tragic and selfish. Most likely on some "mood stabilizers" that werent working and not seeking any psychological assistance.
Comment Profile ImageYoshi
Comment #20 | Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 at 11:14 am
Could have been a number of things. It could be an accident.
Comment Profile ImageNumber Six
Comment #21 | Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 at 8:27 pm
Could be anybody without a description, too. Could have been a white or hispanic male, 6'1" or 6'2", close cropped black hair and beard, wearing black pants and a black t-shirt. One tries to keep a certain outlook.
Comment Profile ImageResident04
Comment #22 | Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 1:34 am
I haven't seen it on the Coroner's website either. This is about the longest I have seen them take to post information. Could it be the person who attacked the woman who was jogging with her child perhaps committing suicide?
Comment Profile ImageRAIDER FAN
Comment #23 | Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 3:16 am
DID ANYBODY HAVE A DASH CAM?
Comment Profile ImageAnonymous
Comment #24 | Monday, May 5, 2014 at 9:26 pm
This was a person like you and me. This was a person in pain that none of you can fathom. This was a woman with a loving family. When someone suffers for a lifetime people begin to see them as invisible and no longer recognize the pain as a red flag but rather an everyday garment. Don't judge and don't begin to think you understand. It's a very sad story and if it's not a chapter in your book and you have not read it from the beginning then don't skip to the end and pretend that you know the story. Instead, look at your own life and see how you can improve this world...
Comment Profile ImageKIM
Comment #25 | Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 8:14 pm
This beautiful, kind, caring woman was my sister. She was very ill and suffering horribly. For all of you disgusting posters who came to your own conclusions and opinions, you have no right to judge another human being that you know NOTHING about. SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!
She had and has a loving family, who she unselfishly spared from seeing her go through her suffering and pain.
She was a mother, sister, wife, cousin, aunt, friend to many.
She never complained about anything or asked for anything from anybody.
She was the kindest person I have ever known, and she will be missed by many.
We love and miss her so much, but she is at peace now in the Heavens where she suffers no more.
Thank you to the kind people who have a heart.
RIP my beautiful sister.
Comment Profile Imagea driver
Comment #26 | Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 9:49 am
Kim - I understand your pain however, what about the poor people that were unfortunate enough to watch the act happen or one of the drivers that hit her after the fact. These poor people will probably never be able to find sound sleep again. These people will be terrified of the bridges they drive under for the rest of their lives. What your sister did was selfish regardless of the life she led beforehand.
Comment Profile Imagelife's a beach
Comment #27 | Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 12:07 am
a driver, that's life. We have all had trauma one way or another. It's done and over with. The "poor people" can go get professional help if needed, wallow in self pity, or suck it up.
Get over yourself and stop being so sensitive and whining.
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Comment Profile ImageThe truth
Comment #28 | Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 12:21 am
LE, your info is incorrect. You just want to be some sort of big mouth who makes false claims. Did you call the medical examiner's office? No, you didn't. They wouldn't have given a nosey nobody on the phone information. Get your facts straight before spewing lies just to get attention because your self-esteem is low.
Comment Profile ImageThe Beard
Comment #29 | Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 9:42 am
It's hard to judge a situation we know nothing about, I feel very bad for whatever pain she felt that led her to do this. Yet I have to agree that this was a very selfish way of doing things. While she rests in peace the people who struck her will be haunted for a life time
Comment Profile ImageYoshi
Comment #30 | Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 11:23 am
I think it's very sad - I wish she had someone to talk to.
Comment Profile ImageLifer
Comment #31 | Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 12:46 pm
This person is gone and now everyone of us has an opinion on the matter! We as a society are sick,sick people!! We need to pay attention more and talk less. Live life with your heart and not by your opinion!
Comment Profile Imageprayer warrior
Comment #32 | Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 1:42 pm
#25, Kim, I will pray for you and your family...the lord be with you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.
Comment Profile ImageStephany
Comment #33 | Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 2:57 pm
Kim,
I am so sorry for your loss. Here is a song that may give you and your family some comfort.
http://youtu.be/C4dci4Z7p6A
Comment Profile ImageTemeculan
Comment #34 | Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 11:24 pm
I know one of the drivers that struck this woman. She couldn't function reasonably at work and had to leave work on her next scheduled shift. She works only part time and this was the Tuesday after the incident. She was still frazzled by it on Saturday, almost a week later. Yes, may Pamela rest in peace, but she should have thought of the people that she could have harmed physically, much less psychologically like she did to my coworker.
Comment Profile ImageBig O
Comment #35 | Friday, May 9, 2014 at 10:00 am
For anyone who is going through a very hard time and have these kind of thoughts of hurting yourself please use this as the way not to do things their is help professionally in restoring faith that you can get through whatever it is your going through usually you will look back a year later at the problem and say I cant believe I was thinking of hurting myself?
Comment Profile Imageselfunderstanding
Comment #36 | Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 12:03 pm
Deepest condolences, a lesson in powerlessness.
Comment Profile ImageYoshi
Comment #37 | Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 9:07 am
Very sorry to hear about this Tragedy.

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