A 28-year-old Santa Barbara resident jumped off the Cold Spring Bridge on Wednesday morning, September 30, in what is believed to be the fourth suicide at the bridge this year.
Sheriff’s deputies received a call at 10:08 a.m. that a man had stopped his car at the bridge. Not long after, they confirmed the man had jumped. Neither drugs nor alcohol are suspected to be involved.
Cold Spring Bridge is at the center of a battle between those who advocate for a barrier to prevent such jumps from occurring, and opponents who say a barrier would mar the bridge’s beauty and misuse funds that should be on other forms of suicide prevention, or on highway traffic improvements.