CHP Officer saves teen's life after attempting to jump onto freeway

Posted at 4:50 PM, Mar 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-05 03:01:00-05

On March 3, 2017, at approximately 12:05 PM, California Highway Patrol, Bakersfield Communication Center received 9-1-1 calls of a subject who appeared as if she was going to jump off the west side of the SR-58 eastbound, Fairfax Road over crossing. 


When CHP units arrived on scene, at 12:08 PM, they located a distraught, 14 year old female, standing outside the railing of the Fairfax Road over crossing, looking down at approaching traffic, on the freeway below.  The young lady was in obvious distress and one of the CHP officers engaged her in conversation.  CHP units on the freeway quickly stopped all eastbound traffic. 


At 12:26 PM, after several minutes of conversation and watching the female rock forward and peer down at the traffic lanes, the CHP officer saw a very small window in which the young lady was distracted; the officer quickly closed the distance, wrapped his arms around the young lady and pulled her back over the railing to safety. 


The young lady was released to the Kern County Mental Health Evaluation Team for treatment.  The eastbound traffic lanes were opened immediately after the incident was stabilized.  The officer stated afterward, there was no way he was going to stand there and watch a 14 year old girl take her own life.