PALMDALE – A 79-year-old man sustained multiple fractures to his lower extremities Tuesday morning after jumping from the Avenue N bridge onto the 14 Freeway, authorities said.
The incident was reported around 7:37 a.m., according to a California Highway Patrol report.
“Preliminary information indicates Richard Labansat (79 years old) out of Palmdale drove his 2000 Toyota Camry to the Avenue N overcrossing at SR-14 and parked the vehicle,” the CHP report states. “Labansat then walked onto the Avenue N bridge and jumped onto the [northbound] lanes of SR-14 without hesitation.”
“Labansat landed on the acceleration lane of eastbound Avenue N to northbound SR-14,” the CHP report states.
Labansat was not struck by any of the vehicles traveling on the freeway, but he sustained multiple fractures to his lower extremities and was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital by AMR, according to the CHP report.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Palmdale Station responded and took over the investigation.
UPDATED 10/15/14: Family members have reached out to The AV Times with more information about Richard Labansat. They say there are “many facets to this tragic event that were not mentioned and would lead people down the wrong path.” According to family members, Labansat had no history of depression or mental illness. He may have been suffering from side effects from medication or an undetermined medical cause. He had been having some yet to be diagnosed medical difficulties recently. Family members say Labansat has never tried to hurt himself before, and he is not mentally ill. They are in the process of determining the cause of the 79-year-old’s recent difficulties.