August 12, 2020

Man Dies After Jumping From Spring Street Garage

By Anne Levin

Investigation is continuing into the death of a 20-year-old man who jumped to his death Sunday afternoon, August 9, from the roof of the Spring Street Garage.

“The police department is investigating what we believe to be a suicide,” Princeton Police Captain Chris Morgan said at a meeting of Princeton Council Monday night.

Out of respect for the family of the man, who is from West Windsor, no further details have been released, Morgan said. “It raises the question, is there anything more we can do as a town to prevent this? This was the second suicide [from the garage roof] in the past six years, and there have been two other attempts which the police department was able to prevent. So hopefully, in the near future, we can talk about a physical barrier or some type of deterrent that may prevent this in the future.”

Following the suicide in 2014, some barriers were installed at the garage to try and prevent another incident. On Monday, Mayor Liz Lempert said that in addition to more physical barriers, the municipality is considering putting up signage on the garage roof with information about hotlines and mental health services.

“We know this is a really difficult time for everybody, and there is help available,” she said. “On the site, there is a whole page on mental health resources. I hope that people don’t feel alone. There is help out there. Even if people feel like they are the only ones going through this or having a hard time, that’s not true. This is an exceedingly difficult time, but the help is out there.”