Family of Verrazano Bridge Jumper Petitions for Fence

Andre Carrasco, of Brooklyn, died on Jan. 25 when he climbed over the railing on the bridge.

Saturday, Feb 11, 2012  |  Updated 11:01 AM EDT
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Kin of Verrazano Bridge Jumper Calls for Fence

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Relatives of a man who jumped off the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge last month are calling for construction of a fence on the span to prevent suicides.

 
Andre Carrasco, of Brooklyn, died on Jan. 25 when he stopped his car on the bridge and climbed over a railing. It was the second suicide death on the bridge in 30 days.
 
Carrasco's niece, Jessica Suero, tells the Staten Island Advance that a fence would slow down or stop prospective jumpers. She is holding a petition drive to persuade the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to build one.
 
MTA spokeswoman Judie Glave tells the newspaper there are currently no plans to install a fence.
 
The bridge is supposed to be off-limits to pedestrians.

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