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Coroner identifies suspected Victorville I-15 jumper

Second suspected jumper taken into custody Monday in Hesperia

VICTORVILLE • Gerald Thomas Cannon was identified as the man suspected of committing suicide by jumping off the Bear Valley Road bridge onto Interstate 15 Sunday night, authorities said.

Less than 24 hours after Cannon was pronounced dead, another man threatening to jump off the Main Street bridge onto the southbound lanes of I-15 was taken into custody by Hesperia San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials Monday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP received calls from passing motorists of an unknown object blocking a southbound lane just north of Bear Valley Road at about 8:40 p.m. Sunday. Officers discovered that the object was a body with multiple traumatic injuries.

Several witnesses gave their accounts to investigators, CHP spokesman Matt Hunt said, but he didn’t know if any of the witnesses had hit the body with their vehicles.

“Evidence indicated it was a possible suicide,” Hunt said Monday.

Hunt said Cannon may have jumped off the bridge.

“That’s what we are suspecting, but it’s unconfirmed,” Hunt said. “It’s an unfortunate incident.”

Cannon was a 33-year-old Hesperia resident, according to Deputy Mark Johnson of the sheriff’s coroner’s division. It was unclear how many times Cannon had been hit by vehicles, Hunt said.

The I-15 south was closed from Bear Valley Road to Palmdale Road for about an hour Sunday night as authorities cleaned up the scene, Hunt said.

The second suspected jumper was reported standing on the outside of the fence on the Main Street bridge at 3:20 p.m. Monday. The male was described as wearing a light-colored hoodie with stripes and dark pants, the CHP reported. He was taken into custody within 30 minutes of the initial call with little impact on freeway traffic.

The CHP and Sheriff’s Department are still investigating the case, according to Hunt.

— Staff writer Sarah Batcha contributed to this report. Tomoya Shimura may be reached at (760) 955-5368 or TShimura@VVDailyPress.com. Follow Tomoya on Facebook at facebook.com/ShimuraTomoya.

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