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Tiverton man dies after jumping off of Mount Hope Bridge



A local man has died after jumping off of Mount Hope Bridge.

According to Rhode Island State Police, at approximately 12:26 a.m. on Friday, Rhode Island State Police received an initial call from the Bristol Police Department concerning a bridge jumper.

Bristol Police arrived initially to the scene and then requested the Rhode Island State Police.

According to two witnesses who called into dispatch, a man was spotted parked on the bridge. One of the witnesses saw what they believed to be a man go over the railing at approximately 12:03 a.m.

The man was retrieved from the water by the Bristol Fire/Marine Unit and pronounced dead just after his retrieval.

The medical examiner cleared the scene just after 3:00 a.m.

RISP made notification to the victim’s family after the incident.

According to family of the victim, he was a Tiverton resident.

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  1. Elizabeth

    July 3, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    Aunty loves and will miss you very much. Your wife, mom dad sister, brother. Love very much ๐Ÿ’”
    RIP D ๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ˜˜

    • Jake Perry

      July 4, 2021 at 7:54 am

      So very sorry for your loss.

    • Melissa

      July 19, 2021 at 10:35 am

      I am so very sorry for your loss, Elizabeth! I went over the bridge multiple times that night and didn’t see it, but knew what had happened by the chaotic scene. I work in the mental health field and see this same pain on people’s faces every day. I even sent a message on fb to bristol police that night about it. I couldn’t confirm what had happened that night and didn’t try to look again since. For some strange reason I had a dream about it last night and just remembered the dream now at 1030am. So I googled and see this article and your comment. I know your pain all too well! Same night 6 years ago, my cousin. I hope to soon figure out why this came up in a dream of mine. Fly high Derek, no more pain! I’m thinking of you, Elizabeth, and your family! โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ’• -Melissa M. 7/19/21

  2. Shirley Balboni

    July 4, 2021 at 10:08 am

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Mental Illness along with just going through a bad time is real. I know, I live it as do a few family members. I will be praying for all of you and sending you positive thoughts. God Bless!๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ

  3. John White

    July 8, 2021 at 6:59 am

    Rest in peace Derek

  4. John White

    July 8, 2021 at 8:49 am

    Rest in peace DB

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