3-year-old rescued after man jumps from bridge

MISHAWAKA — A 3-year-old boy was not seriously injured after his father, clutching the boy in his arms, jumped from a bridge onto the Indiana Toll Road and later died.

Officers responded to a report of a suicide attempt at the North Main Street overpass at 12:47 a.m. Wednesday, the Mishawaka Police Department said.

Two citizens had found a vehicle parked and facing south in the northbound lanes on North Main Street. This was on the overpass over the Indiana Toll Road. The brother then saw a 45-year-old South Bend man near the vehicle and holding what they later discovered was his son, the report said.

The subject jumped off the bridge, and he and his son landed on the inside eastbound lane of the Toll Road, according to police. One of the citizens tried to stop the man from jumping but lost his grip due to the loose clothing the man was wearing.

The citizen ran down to the Toll Road and tried to drag both the man and child off the road, the report said. Officers were on scene quickly and also were on the Toll Road. No one else was injured.

Both the man and the child were transported to Memorial Hospital in South Bend for treatment. Jones died from injuries suffered from the jump. The 3-year-old was not seriously injured and is expected to be released from the hospital within a day or so, police said.

The mother of the child was located and informed as to what happened. She was with her child at the hospital Wednesday morning.

Assisting the Mishawaka Police Department were the Indiana State Police and St. Joseph County Police Department.