A 17-year-old Los Angeles boy has fallen to his death while climbing the arch of the iconic bridge.
Police said the man wanted to post a “social media broadcast” after he slipped and fell.
The 6th Avenue Bridge has often been closed for dangerous stunts and drag races.
On Saturday, a 17-year-old boy fell to his death from a 6th Avenue bridge in Los Angeles while trying to film a social media stunt, police said.
The boy, who has not been named, slipped while “obviously climbing one of the arches to post a social media broadcast.” Los Angeles Police Chief Michelle Moore said at a board meeting on Tuesday.
“Tragically, while that place has created a great deal of pride for us in Los Angeles, it’s also unfortunately the backdrop for tragedy like this,” Moore said.
Police found the boy on the Sixth Avenue Viaduct around 2 a.m. and was pronounced dead at a hospital. According to Associated Press.
Moore did not disclose which social media platforms the boy was using.
The bridge, which opened in July at a cost of $588 million, has been shut down multiple times due to vandalism and street stunts. It is notorious for being a site for street hijacking and illegal drag racing. The Los Angeles Times reported.
Some TikTokers filmed themselves climbing the bridge arch. Illuminated in red and blue, it is a feature of this bridge.
according to Tom Carroll of The Times, The plans for the bridge originally included guardrails and stairs at the arch. But that design was eventually scrapped, Carroll reported.
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