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Man who jumped off highway overpass dead

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A man who jumped from an overpass onto Bobby Jones Expressway on Thursday died from the leap, Deputy Coroner Johnny McDonald said Friday morning.

Justin Phillip Rhye, 27, of Augusta, died at Georgia Regents Medical Center at 7:35 p.m. of blunt-force trauma.

Police were called to the Wal­ton Way Extension overpass about 7 p.m. for reports of a suicidal person.

Rhye leaped about 40 feet from the fenced bridge onto the eastbound lane of the Bobby Jones Ex­pressway on-ramp to In­ter­state 20.

According to a report, his roommate, who worked with him at Salon Glitz on Walton Way Extension, was driving by and saw Rhye on the outside edge of the bridge. After calling 911, the roommate stopped and tried to get Rhye back to safety, but he jumped.

Witnesses told police it appeared Rhye dived head-first off the bridge into traffic.

He was taken to the hospital after deputies discovered him unconscious and not breathing.

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itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 09/20/13 - 10:33 am
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Tragic

It is so sad that some think there is no other way out.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 09/20/13 - 10:47 am
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Wondering

What was the "conversation with his roommate" about?
Sad.

Darby
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Darby 09/20/13 - 11:43 am
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I can understand depression and what it

can do to some people.

Still, I'm always reminded in cases like this of the old axiom, that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

Once that genie is out of the bottle, there's no going back.

In most cases, all that's needed is for someone to notice and intervene.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/20/13 - 01:52 pm
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Fence

Well, someone put a big fence up there to intervene, but it didn't work.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 09/20/13 - 03:08 pm
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If you
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seriously intend to take your life, there are few barriers.

ladyscarlett
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ladyscarlett 09/20/13 - 08:07 pm
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He was a fantastic guy. I

He was a fantastic guy. I loved working with him. He always had a wonderful smile to greet you with. He will be greatly missed.

Darby
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Darby 09/21/13 - 12:43 am
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Maybe I should have said, In most cases, all

that's needed is for someone WHO CARES to notice and intervene.

Trouble is, most of us are not trained to recognize depression when we see it.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 09/21/13 - 08:36 am
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I hate it when anyone reaches

I hate it when anyone reaches a point in their life where they chose to never witness another day.

Life can “get you down”. But, how you see it is just a state of mind. You can dwell on the negatives or embrace the positives, even if the negatives seem overwhelming and the positives are “little things”.

For sure, it's a concept much easier to understand than to implement. Just remember, the sum total of “little things” can equal a vast enrichment to your state of mind and to your life.

The Doc
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The Doc 09/22/13 - 01:34 am
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Suicide and compassion

If you sense that anyone you know may be in trouble emotionally, talk to them. Suicidal people typically do not really want to die. They just want the pain to stop. Their ability to cope has been exceeded by the pain in their life. Therefore, they see ending their life as the last option to end their suffering. And they have usually exhausted all other options at that point. Someone who is serious about suicide does not typically make that decision impulsively. It takes time. That gives you time to talk to them and try to help.

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