Ronald E. Welte Jr Death – A man died by suicide after jumping from Bear Mountain Bridge into the Hudson River on Friday. The victim has been identified as 62-year-old Ronald E. Welte Jr. According to reports, Ronald E. Welte Jr, a resident of Midland Park, New Jersey passed away following the tragic incident. It was reported that he left his vehicle and jumped from the bridge. The incident happened shortly before 11 a.m. The Rockland County Sheriff’s Marine unit successfully retrieved the body of the young individual from the depths of the Hudson River.
As more information becomes accessible, we will provide further updates. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988. Spanish speakers can call 1-888-628-9454. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can call 1-800-799-4889.
Bear Mountain Bridge
The Bear Mountain Bridge, ceremonially named the Purple Heart Veterans Memorial Bridge, is a toll suspension bridge in New York State. It carries US 6 and US 202 across the Hudson River between Bear Mountain State Park in Orange County and Cortlandt in Westchester County. At completion in 1924 it was the longest suspension bridge in the world until this record was surpassed 19 months later by the Benjamin Franklin Bridge between Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey.
The Bear Mountain Bridge is unconventional among suspension bridges: though its main span (between the towers) is suspended by cables in the usual manner, the approach spans (outside the towers) do not have suspender cables and are instead unsuspended trusses, like the Williamsburg Bridge in New York City.
The span enables connections between the Palisades Interstate Parkway and US 9W on the west bank near Bear Mountain and NY 9D on the east bank as well as US 9 and the Bear Mountain Parkway farther east. It also carries the Appalachian Trail and New York State Bicycle Route 9 across the Hudson. The bridge has two undivided vehicle lanes flanked by sidewalks. Cyclists may ride with motor vehicle traffic or walk their bikes on the sidewalks.
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