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pinellas bayway bridge

sr682, furthest south, east/west roadway, pinellas county.
updated: 07.10.18
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07.08.18: thrill jumper, lived, paralyzed
Joey Johnston Jr., 15
07.09.18, Henry m., Tampa, FL., I have had multiple people inform me that a friend of mine, Joey Johnston jr (15 years old) has jumped off a lower part of the skyway bridge (not a suicide attempt) and broke his neck and back and is currently hospitalized later:
07.09.18, My mistake, I meant 07/08/18 Joey jumped off the skyway bridge yesterday and is currently in all children's hospital and is paralyzlyzed from the he armpits down but in stable condition.
07.09.18, you're sure it was the skyway? we're not finding any mention of the bridge.
07.09.18, Yes, he had planned to jump off prior and specifically mentioned the skyway bridge on his Snapchat story on the 7th. he's done things like this before (climbing cranes, telephone towers, standing on tops of tall buildings etc.) sadly me and everyone who saw the message failed to report it.
07.09.18, got a notice he jumped from the pinellas bayway.
07.09.18, Possible, I'll notify you if I get any other helpful information regarding the incedent.
07.10.18, IONTBfb/iontb.com, Tampa Teen Seriously Injured Jumping From Pinellas Bayway Bridge.
A Westchase teen, 15 year-old Joey Johnston Jr., was seriously injured after jumping off the Pinellas Bayway Bridge at approximately 6:15 p.m. on Sunday, July 8, 2018.
The approximately 65 foot high bridge is located along the Pinellas Bayway that connects the mainland with St. Pete Beach, just east of the Don CeSar Hotel.
It is reported that the teen jumped from the bridge, attempted a flip, and landed awkwardly on his back as he entered the water.
The injured teen, along with a 16 year-old friend, were retrieved from the water by a TowBoatUS vessel and transported to awaiting fire rescue crews.
Johnston Jr. was then rushed by ambulance to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. He has since been transferred to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital with reported paralysis associated with a spinal cord injury.
Many agencies responded to this incident including the Marine Unit from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Sunstar Paramedics, Lealman Fire District, and St. Petersburg Fire Rescue.
The boy’s father, Joey Johnston, worked locally for decades as a sports reporter for Tampa Bay newspapers. In 2017, he was signed as a sideline reporter on gameday for the USF Football radio broadcast.
It is not uncommon for IONTB to receive reports about teens and young adults jumping from numerous bridges throughout the County for thrill seeking purposes. Its increased popularity, may in part be influenced by others that have posted similar acts on social media. Many of these videos have recently surfaced on YouTube. (for example)


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