David Gee, Sheriff
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Release Number: 11-154
- For Immediate Release:
- Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
- May 10, 2011
- Contact Person:
- Larry McKinnon : firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunshine Skyway Bridge Suicide
Man burns his home prior to jumping from the Skyway Bridge.
- May 7, 2011
- Time: 11:58 AM
Robert Byron Bingel, DOB: 8/28/52
8591 Forsyth Drive
At approximately 11:58 p.m. Florida Highway Patrol received a call from Manatee County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a jumper off the Skyway Bridge. The victim had drove to the southbound center span of the Skyway Bridge and parked his vehicle and jumped. His body was recovered by St. Petersburg Fire Rescue and taken to O-Neill’s Marina. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office was later notified by Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office that the victim burned his residence down prior to committing suicide.