Pa. bridge jumper survived 2009 leap from span

TARENTUM, Pa. (AP) — Police say a man who committed suicide by jumping from a western Pennsylvania bridge had survived an impulsive, thrill-seeking leap from the same span in 2009.

Allegheny County homicide detectives say 28-year-old Greggory Felton, of Tarentum, died from the jump off the Tarentum Bridge into the Allegheny River shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday. The 1,200 foot bridge crosses the river on an incline, and its deck ranges from 50 to 150 feet above the river.

Tarentum police said Felton ran from a pedestrian walkway, across four lanes of noontime traffic before jumping off the bridge in May 2009. He survived that leap, swam to shore and told police he did it for the thrill because he was “into extreme things.”

Police say Felton left a mental health facility in nearby West Deer before Wednesday’s jump.

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