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Man jumps from Metro garage in latest suicide

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A man apparently threw himself off a Metro parking garage Friday afternoon, adding to the transit agency's growing suicide toll.

The incident occurred about 2:30 p.m. at the Shady Grove station on the Red Line, said Metro spokeswoman Angela Gates. Witnesses told police that they saw a man jump from the roof of the parking deck, she said, and he left a suicide note at the scene. He did not survive.

The agency did not notify the public about the death, though, "because it didn't impact service," Gates said. Instead the Washington Examiner learned about it from a reader.

The man, whose name was not released, was at least the fourth person to kill himself on the transit system so far this year, and the second to do so by jumping from a parking garage. A fifth put herself in front of a train but survived.

They represent a growing problem for the agency, which had at least nine suicides on the rail system alone last year.

Last year's unusual spate -- up from the typical two per year -- had prompted Metro to plan a public education campaign and employee training program on how to stop possibly suicidal riders before it was too late. The program, which was slated to begin in February, has been indefinitely delayed, as the Washington Examiner first reported on Monday.

kweir@washingtonexaminer.com

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