Jumper Slows Traffic - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/20/03

Jumper Slows Traffic

An apparent suicide backed up traffic for more than an hour on the interstate on Thursday morning. At about 10:45, 49-year-old Franklin Leaton of Lubbock jumped off the U.S. 84 overpass.

According to witnesses, he parked his car on the overpass, got out and jumped. Police say Leaton died on impact, but was then run over by a passing car.

NewsChannel 11 spoke with one man who saw the whole thing happen. "I was in the lane over here on the side, that white van with the lady in it I think he was waiting for that van to come through and jumped off the top she clipped him with her van and he ended up right there in the middle."

Once the medical examiners evaluated the scene, police and investigators cleared the road and opened all lanes for traffic by one o'clock.

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