Suicidal man shuts down C-470 at I-25 during Monday morning rush

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When most of us are stuck in a traffic jam -- particularly during a Monday morning commute after a snowfall that left potentially icy pavement in its wake -- we tend to think about the inconvenience to us before we think about the story behind the stoppage.

But this morning's shutdown of C-470 at Interstate 25 took place for particularly tragic reasons -- the death of a suicidal man.

Look below for information about what we know so far.

At about 3:23 a.m. this morning, according to a release from the Lone Tree Police Department, officers were called to assist members of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in looking for a suicidal male said to be driving a white Subaru.

Just over an hour later, around 4:30 a.m., LTPD reps found a car matching the description on the westbound C-470 flyover from northbound I-25. However, the Subaru was unoccupied, prompting a search that led to a grim discovery: An adult male was lying in the westbound lanes of C-470. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

At that point, officers shut down the flyover and both lanes of C-470 beneath it -- and the roadways in question stayed that way until around 7:15 a.m., after which they were reopened.

The man has not yet been publicly identified pending next-of-kin notification, and neither is there an official cause of death in the case. However, Lone Tree spokeswoman Kristen Knoll says the working theory is that he leaped from the flyover to his death. She has no information at this point about whether he was struck by a vehicle or vehicles.

If you have any information about this terrible incident, phone the Lone Tree Police Department at 303-339-8150.

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14 comments
betty96851
betty96851

Hey you heartless people...this wasn't a "man"...he was a very lost "boy".  Sorry he "screwed up your day" Josh but have some compassion for a boy who didn't know any way out and a community who is mourning. 

Jay Breese
Jay Breese

Pretty insensitive comments from both Josh Bradley and Bobby Sides. Next time see if it's someone you cared about. - heartless jerks!

Denver Westword
Denver Westword

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Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

What a prick. If you want to off yourself, fine, but don't screw up everyone else's day while you do it.

Bobby Sides
Bobby Sides

They do it around here also. We just say jump, move the body, and let traffic go!!!

Dave Watson
Dave Watson

Why is there a picture of the Gunsmoke truck for this headline?

Sheilah Davis
Sheilah Davis

If you are or anyone you know is in such pain, please reach out.

Marisa Dirks
Marisa Dirks

Prayers to this man's family to eventually find some peace in this, to the officers on the scene...how incredibly sad...makes you realize how many people are truly hurting out there. We are all connected...

betty96851
betty96851

@Josh Bradley Hey you heartless SOB...this wasn't a "man"...he was a very lost "boy". Sorry he "screwed up your day" Josh but have some compassion for a boy who didn't know any way out and a community who is mourning.

calebnegri
calebnegri

@Josh Bradley Are you fucking kidding me!!!!! He was a kid who was barely 18. I'm sure while he was in enough pain to jump off a bridge, he was thinking about your morning commute. Its people like you that should go fuck themselves and keep their opinion to themselves

calebnegri
calebnegri

@Bobby Sides That "man" was a boy with plenty of life to live. You are an asshole....

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