The Sixth Street Viaduct at dusk in Los Angeles, California. (Jill Connelly/Bloomberg via Getty Images) LOS ANGELES - A 17-year-old boy died last weekend after falling from an iconic bridge in Los Angeles and police are saying that the teen was attempting to share his climb up the 6th Street Bridge via social media.The teen fell "when climbing upon one of the arches, in order to post, apparently, a social media broadcast," Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said at a Tuesday's meeting of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners. "He slipped and fell to his death.
Moore said that police responded to the fall at the 6th Street Viaduct around 2 a.m. Saturday, May 20 and found the boy, who was pronounced dead at a hospital.
His name has not been released by police and police did not share what social media platform he was using prior to his fatal fall. "Tragically we see that location, while it has spawned a great deal of pride in Los Angeles, it has also unfortunately served as a backdrop now for tragedies such as this," Moore said. "Our added patrols will continue at that location … to counter such reckless actions."The bridge first opened in July 2022.
The $588-million span, which replaced an 84-year-old Art Deco span, runs 3,500 feet (1,066.80 meters) over the concrete-lined Los Angeles River and connects downtown to the historic Eastside.RELATED: Car plunges off 6th Street Bridge; driver killedThe bridge, referred to as the "Ribbon of Light," due to it undulating arches that will be lit with LED lights at night features sidewalks on each side of the viaduct, varying from 8 feet to 14 feet in width and 10-foot wide Class IV protected bike lanes on each side.