Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 12-243

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • July 5, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8059

    Female Survives Jump From Skyway Bridge

    She was alert and talking to deputies when transported to hospital.
    • Thursday
    • July 5, 2012
    • Time: 7:39 AM
    • Sunshine Skyway Bridge


    Debra Jane Roche
    DOB: 3-15-77
    6501 – 12 Street North
    St. Petersburg, FL



    On July 5, 2012 at approximately 7:39 a.m. deputies responded to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in reference to female jumper. A witness driving on the bridge noticed a female sitting on the center span with a legs hanging over the rail. The witness returned to scene, but the female had already jumped. Florida Highway Patrol spotted the female swimming in the water. She was picked up by a boater and transported to Fire Rescue at O’Neill’s Marine. She was alert and talking to deputies when transported to Bayfront Medical.
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