Cyclist falls to her death while on drawbridge

Original Story from New York Post 7 February 2022

An elderly woman fell to her death this weekend when a Florida drawbridge opened while she was crossing it with her bicycle, authorities said.

The woman, who had yet to be formally identified as of midday Monday, had been “walking her bicycle” across the Royal Park Bridge from Palm Beach into downtown West Palm Beach on Sunday, West Palm Beach police said.

She was within 10 feet of the drawbridge’s barrier arms that halt traffic when it started to rise, police told the Palm Beach Post.

“The woman tried to hang on,” police spokesman Mike Jachles said.

A man on the other side of the span quickly grabbed onto the woman’s arms, but couldn’t keep his grip, Jachles said.

“He tried to help her but he wasn’t able to hold onto her and she fell about five to six stories below,” Jachles said. “At some point it opened. The circumstances around that are under investigation by detectives.”

The woman, who died on impact, landed on the concrete below the bridge, Jachles told WPTV.

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