April 23, 2014

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Woman jumps to her death from Route 254 bridge

SHEFFIELD – A woman jumped to her death off the bridge over the Black River on state Route 254 near East River Road around 6:10 p.m. today.

Witness Rima Beil, 24, of Lorain, said she was stopped in her car at the light at East River Road and Route 254 when she saw the woman jump off the bridge railing some 200 yards to her death.

“For a second there, it was like, ‘There is no way I just saw a woman jump off a bridge,’ ” Beil said. “I pulled over because I started freaking out because I was like, ‘I can’t believe I just saw that.’ ”

At 7:15 p.m., firefighters removed the woman’s body from the Black River on a stretcher and placed a white sheet over her body.

See Monday’s Chronicle-Telegram for additional details.