George Washington Bridge


Judge: Port Authority not liable for George Washington Bridge jumpers

December 31, 2018 - 12:49 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A judge has ruled that the Port Authority can’t be held liable if someone chooses to jump off the George Washington Bridge.

A lawsuit had been filed by the families of two suicide jumpers, but Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arlene Bluth wrote that a dangerous condition cannot be created simply because someone makes it dangerous for him or herself.

Bluth says property owners have no idea about the mental state of the people who traverse their properties.

She likened it to someone running across Park Avenue against the light or jumping in front of a subway train.

Relatives of musician Lael Feldman and architect Andrew Donaldson claimed the bridge was a “suicide magnet” and that the Port Authority doesn’t do enough to prevent such acts.

If you are going through a crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.