A woman died after falling off a bridge while trying to help someone involved in a collision, the Greenville County Coroner’s Office said.
Jessica Nicole Smith, 29, was the passenger in a vehicle early Saturday when she saw a collision at Interstate 385 and Highway 276, Coroner Parks Evans said.
According to witnesses, Smith went to the cab of a truck looking for victims, the Coroner’s Office said. She got into the bed of the truck and didn’t find anyone, Evans said. She then leaned over the edge of the bridge calling out for anyone, Evans said.
“It is believed she heard a voice, placed one leg over the bridge, and then another, thinking the ground was close,” Evans said in a statement. “However, she fell 23 feet to the base of the bridge and died.”
The fall happened about 1:45 a.m. Saturday, the Coroner’s Office said. Smith died about 10 minutes later.
A cause and manner of death are pending.