February 23, 2014
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the death of a 21-year old male who reportedly jumped to his death from a Eugene/Springfield area Interstate 5 overpass Saturday morning. OSP also wants to contact the driver of a pickup that is believed to have struck the man after he landed on the freeway.
According to Sergeant Mike Brewster, on February 22, 2014 at approximately 12:35 p.m., BENJAMIN S. GLANTZ, age 21, from Springfield, was riding a bicycle on the Glenwood Boulevard overpass above Interstate 5 near milepost 192. According to witnesses, the man stopped, got off his bike and walked over to the guardrail/fence. The man climbed the 8 - 10 foot tall fence and jumped from the north side of the overpass approximately 25 feet down to where he landed in the right northbound lane.
Witness statements indicate the man may have been struck by an unidentified white Ford F150 pickup seen continuing northbound without stopping. At this time, investigators do not know if the driver knew the pickup struck the man and are asking for contact from the driver.
OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office, with the assistance of the Lane County Medical Examiner, are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Andy Youngblood is the lead investigator. Any unidentified witnesses, including the driver of the unidentified pickup, are asked to contact Senior Trooper Youngblood at (541) 726-2536 ext 425.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Lane County Sheriff's Office, Goshen Fire Department, and ODOT. The northbound lanes were restricted to one lane for two hours during the incident response and investigation.
There are several resources available through Lane County Public Health and the Lane County Suicide Prevention Program. More information is available online at:
No photographs regarding this incident available for release.
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