A 22-year-old man found dead early Monday morning beneath the Capitol Boulevard Bridge that spans Interstate 5 was identified as Matthew R. Fayton of Lacey, according to Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock.
An investigation determined that the man either fell or jumped from the overpass, Warnock said. There was no evidence that he was struck by a vehicle, and authorities are in the process of ruling it as a suicide, he said.
An investigation determined that the man either fell or jumped from the overpass, Warnock said. There was no evidence that he was struck by a vehicle, he added.
Washington State Patrol troopers arrived at the scene about 2:15 a.m. after receiving reports that someone was lying on the shoulder of northbound I-5 under the overpass. Medical personnel responded and pronounced the man dead, according to trooper Guy Gill. No witnesses have stepped forward, he said.
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The bridge – which rises above I-5 an average of 67 feet and is maintained by the Washington State Department of Transportation – has been the location of at least five fatalities in as many years, according to The Olympian archives.
Crews are removing the bridge’s 5-foot-7-inch fence – which has large gaps between the chain-link panels and spaces at the bottom of the railing and open slots in the railing itself – and replacing it with an 8-foot-6-inch fence that has tighter chain-link to lower the risk of objects falling from the bridge onto the freeway.
The $930,035 project is slated to be complete in June, according to the DOT.