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Death plunge to Hwy. 101 ruled a suicide

Original post made on May 17, 2013

The Santa Clara County Coroner's Office has ruled that the man who died May 17 after plunging from the Rengstorff Avenue overpass onto Highway 101 meant to take his own life.

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Posted by gcoladon, a resident of Slater
on May 17, 2013 at 4:05 pm

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Posted by jeh, a resident of Sylvan Park
on May 17, 2013 at 4:08 pm

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I was just getting ready to cross under the Rengstorf overpass this morning at around 10:45. I was in the center lane and something caught my attention, looked up and saw the body fall the last 10-20 feet and land around 10 feet from my car. Thank God my granddaughter's were watching a video and did not see this. Simply horrifying and the fact that traffic was moving very slow just made the incident play out in slow motion. I will never forget that site.

Posted by Nick V, Mountain View Voice Staff Writer
on May 17, 2013 at 4:16 pm

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This message is for @jeh:

Hi. My name is Nick and I'm covering this story. Your tale seems horrifying. I would understand if you didn't want to speak with the newspaper, but if you would like to share your story, please do email me:


Posted by Anand, a resident of another community
on May 21, 2013 at 10:11 pm

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If the person identified is Ram Saripalli, 41, then it is indeed a very tragic event for me. Ram has been my friend since 20 years, we being colleagues and roommates in our first job, here in India. Please share more details about the incident and his family out there. he has a son and daughter. His parents live in Hyderabad, India.

Please share any information, photos or updates. Thanks..

Posted by AC, a resident of another community
on May 22, 2013 at 1:49 pm

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Condolences for your loss.

Posted by sfkyle, a resident of another community
on May 28, 2013 at 10:55 pm

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This was horrific indeed. I felt so bad for the first guy who ran over the man who jumped and the second driver who also hit him. They both looked so upset. That has the be the worst feeling in the world, I don't think I would ever be able to drive on 101 again.

Posted by sfkyle, a resident of another community
on May 28, 2013 at 11:04 pm

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Anand, I am sorry for your loss. If it helps at all, from what I saw he died instantly and was most surely unconscious before the first car even passed over him. He would not have felt any pain.