Teenager dies climbing 6th Street Bridge for social media post

A 17-year-old boy died over the weekend after falling from the 6th Street overpass while climbing the iconic bridge he was trying to share on social media, according to Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore.

The teenager fell “while climbing one of the arches, apparently in order to post a social media broadcast,” Moore said at Tuesday’s meeting of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners. “He slipped and fell to his death.”

The teenager has not yet been publicly identified. It wasn’t immediately clear what social media platform he was using or how he was trying to “spread” the climb.

Police responded to the scene just after 2 a.m. Saturday, according to LAPD spokesman Officer Warren Moore. He said the teenager was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“Tragically we see this place, while it has brought a lot of pride to Los Angeles, it has also sadly served as the backdrop for tragedies like this,” Moore said. “Our additional patrols will continue at this location…to counter such reckless actions.”

The bridge opened in July to replace the iconic viaduct that spanned the Los Angeles River, connecting downtown to Boyle Heights for nearly a century. In its first year, the new bridge drew crowds and aroused great interest, including from some thrill-seekers. Authorities repeatedly responded to drag races and street takeovers on the spot, and there were several accidents.

A man was also shot and killed on the bridge in January while filming a music video.


Los Angeles Times

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