Man plunges to death moments after heated argument - New York News

Man plunges to death moments after heated argument

Posted: Updated:
Photo courtesy of NVP Video. Photo courtesy of NVP Video.
Chicago Police Marine Unit. (Photo courtesy of NVP Video) Chicago Police Marine Unit. (Photo courtesy of NVP Video)
West Peterson Avenue bridge. (Photo courtesy of NVP Video) West Peterson Avenue bridge. (Photo courtesy of NVP Video)
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A 32-year-old man who plunged to his death from a bridge spanning the North Shore Channel early Friday was seen arguing with another man moments before he fell.

"[We] were walking by the bridge and we saw two guys were arguing, they were screaming," Osama Abdalgader told reporters at the scene. "[Later], I heard someone saying ‘Help, help' two or three times. I realized that they were on the bridge and something happened."

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the man as Jeffrey Goggins, of the 6200 block of North Albany Avenue. A Friday autopsy was inconclusive, with results pending further investigation.

Police said the man fell into the north branch of the river near Lincoln and Peterson avenues about 12:25 a.m. Police confirmed two witnesses reported hearing someone screaming for help from the water and called authorities.

The Fire Department found Goggins in the water and took him to Swedish Covenant Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:25 a.m., authorities said.

According to one witness, he was pushed from the bridge.

"I was … walking over the bridge and I see somebody push the guy in the river," said Tina Derouin, who said she was walking on the east side of the bridge at the time. "[The] only thing I heard was ‘He's pushing me, he's pushing me in the river.'"

Then Derouin, who was panhandling, said she watched one man fall into the river while the man who pushed him ran away.

Police and other witnesses could not confirm Derouin's account, though several reported hearing the two arguing loudly moments before the man landed in the water.

"I was just chilling around here and I saw two guys, they were arguing -- like screaming," said a witnesses who said his first and last name were Fathi. "Then we heard the helicopter and saw all the police lights."

Follow Us!

Share Your Photos & Video

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Andy Golub's NYC Bodypainting Day

    Andy Golub's NYC Bodypainting Day

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:43 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:43:52 GMT
    The saying art is autobiographical takes on a whole new meaning when your canvas is a fully nude human body, as it is for artist Andy Golub. Andy along with 30 other artists and 45 Technicolor models paraded around several Manhattan hotspots over the weekend for NYC Body Painting day. Believe or not, this is completely legal in New York City.
    The saying art is autobiographical takes on a whole new meaning when your canvas is a fully nude human body, as it is for artist Andy Golub. Andy along with 30 other artists and 45 Technicolor models paraded around several Manhattan hotspots over the weekend for NYC Body Painting day. Believe or not, this is completely legal in New York City.
  • Protestors rally against NYPD's 'broken windows' policing

    Protestors rally against NYPD's 'broken windows' policing

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:07 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:07:39 GMT
    Emotions about police brutality were still raw at a protest in Harlem Wednesday night. Eric Garner died after police put him in an apparent choke hold. Cops stopped garner for the minor offense of selling loose cigarettes in Staten Island. Officers had been enforcing the so-called broken windows policy.
    Emotions about police brutality were still raw at a protest in Harlem Wednesday night. Eric Garner died after police put him in an apparent choke hold. Cops stopped garner for the minor offense of selling loose cigarettes in Staten Island. Officers had been enforcing the so-called broken windows policy.
  • Fatal skydiving accident on Long Island

    Fatal skydiving accident on Long Island

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:13 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:13:49 GMT
    Police on Long Island say one person has died and another has been seriously injured in a skydiving accident. Riverhead police say it happened at about 4 p.m. Wednesday at Skydive Long Island in Calverton. Police say the injured person was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital in critical condition.
    Police on Long Island say one person has died and another has been seriously injured in a skydiving accident. Riverhead police say it happened at about 4 p.m. Wednesday at Skydive Long Island in Calverton. Police say the injured person was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital in critical condition.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices