Trooper stops woman from Skyway jump

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper crossed lanes of traffic and stopped a woman from leaping from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge on Tuesday afternoon.

About 3:38 p.m., Cpl. Jim Covert was northbound on the Skyway when he saw a woman looking off the bridge near a blue Chrysler parked on the southbound shoulder near the top of the span. 

Covert stopped, crossed all north and southbound lanes of traffic before approaching her and securing the woman before she could attempt to jump.

The 35-year-old female was later transported under Florida's Baker Act provisions. 

Covert, a 20-year FHP veteran, is assigned to Troop C – Land O Lakes.


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