CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A man who was riding in a car with his family got out of the car on the Leon Sullivan Way exit ramp off Interstate 64-77 and jumped from the bridge to his death, police said.
Police said that Charles Hudnall, 57, from Winfield committed suicide. He died at Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital from his injuries.
It happened about 1:40 p.m. Thursday. Hudnall's wife had been driving and police said they were headed to a doctor's appointment in Charleston. Their two grandchildren, who are both under the age of 10, were in the backseat.
She apparently stopped the vehicle on the exit ramp in the traffic lane. Hudnall then got out of the vehicle and jumped from the bridge, which is about 50 feet high.
He landed on the tracks behind Capitol Market.
Police did not know why Hudnall's wife stopped the car on the ramp.
Detectives said it wasn't immediately clear why he jumped. Sgt. Bobby Eggleton, assistant chief of detectives, said Hudnall suffered from a medical condition but did not elaborate.
"We're all in the dark, as far as his motivation," Lt. Duke Jordan said.
Lt. Shawn Williams, commander of the Community Services Division, said Cpl. Kevin Oldham pulled up to the scene moments after Hudnall jumped. The wife and grandchildren were still in the vehicle when Oldham arrived on scene.
"Kevin didn't know what happened," Williams said. "Someone who witnessed it came back to his car and said the man jumped."
A detective spoke to the family members briefly at the scene. They were said to be at the hospital Thursday afternoon.
The exit ramp was closed for about 10 minutes following the incident.