On March 7th we reported what appeared to be a “Possible Jumper“. Unfortunately this turned out to be correct.
Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on March 7th, 2019, at approximately 8:00am, the TRPD responded to the Ocean County Parking Garage at 199 Hooper, in reference to a male laying on the ground. He had a severe trauma to his head and it was determined that Richard Hernon*, 38 of Toms River leapt to his death from the top floor of the garage.
Security camera footage was viewed by Prosecutor Billhimer and Sheriff Mastronary and it confirmed what was initially apparent.
– Suicide is the 10 th leading cause of death in the US
– In 2017, 47,173 Americans died by suicide
– In 2017, there were an estimated 1,400,000 suicide attempts
– In 2015, suicide and self-injury cost the US $69 BillionAmerican Foundation For Suicide Prevention – https://afsp.org/about-suicide/suicide-statistics/
Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on March 7, 2019 at approximately 8:00 p.m., Toms River Township Police department responded to the Ocean County Parking Garage located at 119 Hooper Ave., Toms River, New Jersey, in reference to a male laying on the ground with severe trauma to the head. It was determined that Richard Herndon, 38, of Toms River, leapt to his death from the top floor of the garage.
Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Ocean County Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy viewed the security camera footage to confirm same.
*The original text of this article said the victim’s name was Herndon not Hernon as this is what was provided to us in a press release from the Prosecutor’s Office
The suicide victims last name was Hernon not Herndon. I apologize for the error.
ThanksBryan Huntenburg — Press Officer for Office of the Ocean County Prosecutor