Police: Woman Jumps to Her Death From Paterson Street Parking Deck

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—An unidentified woman died on Sunday, October 18 at approximately 1:30pm, after jumping off of the Paterson Street parking garage in an "apparent suicide," according to authorities.

New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) spokesperson Captain JT Miller said the agency investigated "an apparent suicide when an individual jumped from the Paterson Street deck yesterday afternoon."

The Paterson Street garage is located between Paterson and Bayard Streets, next to the city's Health Sciences Technology High School.  It is one of nine public garages owned by the New Brunswick Parking Authority (NBPA).

NBPA Executive Director Mitch Karon did not respond to questions about whether or not the deck was closed after the fatal incident.

"You need to inquire through the NBPD," Karon said.

Sixteen months earlier, in June 2014, a Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) employee died after jumping from the Plum Street parking garage, a few blocks away. 

Both of the decks are 0wned by the NBPA, but predominantly serve hospital workers.

After the 2014 suicide, which occurred on a weekday morning, both New Brunswick and Rutgers University Police Departments issued Nixle emergency alerts to inform the public that the garage would be closed for the day.

The identity of the victim is not yet known.


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