Deputies Stop Woman From Moorpark Suicide Attempt

Friday November 22, 2019

     An alert Ventura County Sheriff's patrol deputy stopped a woman from taking her own life on the 23-118 freewa connector bridge high above Princeton Avenue in Moorpark Thursday night.

   Shortly after 9 PM, the deputy spotted the 20-year-old woman sitting next to her car by the side of the road in that area.

   He stopped and was able to stop her from possibly trying to kill herselt by jumping over the side.

   At almost the same time, the woman's family was calling 9-1-1 and told the sheriff's department she had made suicidal statements that she was going to jump off that section of the freeway.

   The deputy took the woman into custody and was going to take her to her family waiting at a location in the area.

   She would then be taken to Ventura County Behavioral Health on what's known as a 5150 hold so she could be evaluated and be provided the help she needed.

    This was the second time in less than a week that deputies have stopped someone from trying to end their life at that location.

   Sunday, a 56-year-old Simi Valley man had gone so far as to sit on the railing and was convinced by deputies to surrender.

    Caltrans has been urged to put up high fencing to prevent people from trying to take their lives by jumping off that very high overpass, but Caltrans says the fencing would create "blind curve" for traffic using that curved roadway and it could lead to crashes if drivers could not see the traffic up ahead until it was too late.