PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Traffic is back to normal in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Palm Beach Gardens after a West Palm Beach man committed suicide by jumping off the PGA Boulevard overpass into the path of a semi truck, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Though it was initially unclear whether the man in his early 60s, whose name has not been released, had committed suicide or was knocked off the shoulder by a motorist, troopers have now confirmed through witnesses that the man did intentionally jump off the overpass, said highway patrol spokesman Lt. Tim Frith. The man fell an estimated 30 feet onto the far outside lane before he was struck by the semi truck driven by a South Carolina man.
The man, who so far seems to have no mental health history, drove his 2001 Harley Davidson to the overpass and parked it in the shoulder lane before jumping off, Frith added. The man's name will be released once troopers notify the man's family of his death.