LEXINGTON, Ky. – New Circle Road near Georgetown Road has reopened after Lexington Police said a man jumped from the Georgetown Road overpass.
Investigators had part of the road shut down for about two hours Saturday while they investigated. Around 2:30 Saturday afternoon, police said people at a bus stop at Georgetown Road and Lima Drive noticed a man acting strangely. They said the man had an infant and a toddler with him. Police said the bystanders somehow got the infant from the man, then the man started walking toward the Georgetown Road overpass. They said the bystanders stopped the toddler from following the man, then the man jumped from the overpass onto New Circle Road below.
“Thank God we had a couple of people that saw something wrong and actually stopped because look how busy this road is. I mean, that toddler could have been killed,” Lieutenant Andrew Daugherty, of the Lexington Police Department, said.
While police investigated, traffic on the outer loop of New Circle Road was rerouted to the off-ramp at Georgetown Road, then back down the on-ramp to continue on New Circle Road. One lane of the inner loop was also shut down.
Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn said he was 29 years old. Ginn said the man suffered from a mental illness and he is investigating the death as a suicide.
Police said they were also investigating a report that a vehicle hit the man and kept going after he fell onto New Circle Road. A driver who said she was passing under the bridge as the man jumped told WKYT a vehicle behind her hit the man after he landed on New Circle Road.
“I saw it falling from the bridge as I passed under it and I thought the way it fell so solidly I thought it was just a bag of clothes,” Emily Hoffman, the witness, said. “And so I swerved and then got back onto the road from the shoulder and looked up into the mirror and saw that the car behind me had hit it. I almost made it home before I broke down and started crying.”