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Westwood Man Saves Woman, Dog Jumping Off GWB

Suicide attempt Friday night happened about one minute after another jump from the bridge, report says.

About a minute after a man jumped off the George Washington Bridge to his death Friday night, a Westwood man stuck in traffic stopped a young girl headed for the same fate, nj.com reported.

According to the report, Daniel Ricciardella, 31, as stuck in Jersey-bound traffic when he saw a woman carrying a small dog leave her car and climb over the bridge railing.

Ricciardella ran from his car and grabbed the woman’s hand as she was about to let go of the bridge, the report said. As another person on the bridge wrestled the dog away, Ricciardella wrapped his arms around the woman, who was struggling to get away from him, and brought her back over the bridge, the report said.

Ricciardella told nj.com the woman, a 24-year-old from Pequannock, “started screaming 'There's no other way! There's no other way!' I told her there's always another way.”

Port Authority Police apprehended the woman and took the dog, the report said. She was carrying several bags of heroin, and was taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation, the report said.

Cops told nj.com that there was no evidence that the two suicide attempts were linked. The 29-year-old man that jumped has not yet been identified.

JeffO April 16, 2014 at 04:24 PM
I guess someone knows his identity, just not the public.
JJ April 17, 2014 at 07:59 AM
FORT LEE, DOG PARK OVERCROWDED, & NOT BIG ENOUGH ! We can't go on !
Macko D April 17, 2014 at 10:44 AM
I hope we are not making light of a person desperate enough to end life.
Annie April 21, 2014 at 11:31 AM
And we bump into a hero every day without even knowing it. More than one hero got out of their car on the GWB to help a perfect stranger. Many, many thanks to them! And thinking that this woman's loved ones should not permit her to own any animals, since she demonstrates such poor judgement, nearly taking another innocent life with her. Hope she gets the help she needs.
Macko D April 21, 2014 at 11:41 AM
Annie, agreed. Yes, I hope that any animals will kept from her reach unless and until she regains some mental stability. No innocent pets should die.

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