Man dead after jumping into the Naugatuck River

A man who apparently jumped from a highway overpass in Waterbury into the Naugatuck River this morning left his car running on the bridge, State Police say.

The man has been identified, Lt. J. Paul Vance said, but his name is being withheld until his next of kin has been notified.

Calls to the Troop A barracks in Southbury reported at 5:58 a.m. that someone had just jumped into the river, from the “mixmaster” bridge on I-84 eastbound near exit 21 in Waterbury, Vance said.

State troopers responded to the scene, as did Waterbury police and firefighters, and a vehicle was found abandoned on the right shoulder of I-84 with the keys in
the ignition.

“Troopers observed the male subject in the Naugatuck River about 136 feet below adjacent to Riverside Avenue and Sunnyside Avenue in Waterbury,” the state police spokesman said.

The man’s body was pulled from the water and brought to the Office of the Chief State medical Examiner in Farmington for an autopsy.

The death is being called “untimely,” but has not been ruled a suicide, officials said. That determination could come after the autopsy.


Frank Juliano