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Man dies jumping off bridge

By Josephine Mendez, Intern reporter

A police officer was injured Friday morning after trying to save a man who jumped to his death off the bridge at the Leon Sullivan exit in Charleston.

At about 8:15 a.m., officer Matt Hill noticed a disabled car on the side of Interstate 77. Hill pulled over to speak with the man and noticed the man “seemed off.”

The man told Hill he was headed to his job and Hill offered to follow him there. When Hill turned around to get back in his car the man jumped off the bridge.

Hill was able to grab on to the man’s shirt and was almost pulled down with him in an attempt to save the man’s life.

“This is a tragic end to a person’s life, but our officer did all he could,” Lt. Shawn Williams said.

Hill suffered lacerations to his hand and forearm. Paramedics treated him at the scene.

The roads near Capitol Market were temporarily closed Friday morning as the scene was secured.

Two years ago Charles Hudnall, 57, of Winfield, jumped from the same bridge. Hudnall had been in the car with his wife and two grandchildren, both under the age of 10.

His wife stopped the vehicle on the exit ramp when Hudnall got out and jumped off the bridge. Hudnall was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center’s General Hospital where he died from his injuries.

Police are looking into whether the two incidents are connected.


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