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Coroner IDs Freeway Jumper

Jeffrey Hurlbut, 20, leaped to his death off an I-5 overpass early Saturday.

A death of a man who leaped off the Avenida Vista Hermosa overpass onto the I-5 and was struck by at least one vehicle is being investigated as a suicide, according to Lt. Roland Chacon of the OC Sheriff's Dept.

The Orange County Coroner's office released the man's name Monday: Jeffrey Hurlbut, 20, of San Clemente.

The incident happened early Saturday at 2:39 a.m. when a distraught woman phoned 911 and said her boyfriend was going to commit suicide. They had apparently been walking together at the time. She followed Hurlbut to the overpass and she told police he leaped off, landing on the freeway below, where he was hit by at least one vehicle.

California Highway Patrol, along with the OC Sheriff's Department and OC Fire Authority, responded, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Nesa Anderson January 23, 2012 at 02:02 AM
So incredibly sad. A tragic mistake in the moment of whatever emotions he was feeling at the time. He was a young guy, only 20 I believe. My heart aches for his family. They are such good people.
Rich Kane January 23, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Thanks for your thoughts, Nesa ...
childsorchsjc January 24, 2012 at 03:44 AM
I was told of this by my teenage daughter as we passed over the bridge this afternoon. There are a few flowers there. I was surprised that I hadn't heard about this. It breaks my heart to think of this tragedy. Such a young life with so much potential. I have lived in this community for 15 years so every young person has probably crossed my path somehow, sometime. My heart goes out to the family. My prayers for you that he is in bliss in the loving arms of our LORD!
ANNA CASTILLO January 24, 2012 at 06:20 PM
My prayers go out to this family.My daughter was struck on the Vista Hermosa of ramp Dec.2010 and the feeling this family will feel everytime they pass is awful.GOD BLESS...
Nancy Patefield Ide January 24, 2012 at 08:40 PM
My heart and prayers go to your family! I have been away from San Clemente for years, but remember your family fondly and want you to know that I am praying for you each time that God brings you to mind.
Lynn January 27, 2012 at 12:59 AM
God Bless his young soul. My son knew Jeff and said he was a great guy. Our prayers are with his family at this time of loss. May he rest in peace.
virginia dixon February 06, 2012 at 06:33 PM
We were out of the country when this all transpired, but wanted you and your precious family to know how deeply sad we are over your loss! You are all in our thoughts and prayers, as we travel over the overpass every single day.
Mina February 07, 2012 at 10:22 PM
My prayers go out to the family. It's hard to loose a child. This may sound harsh, but this boy that killed himself it's not in heaven. He commited suicide, and thats againts God, poor soul is roaming somewhere. But not with our Lord
Tod Bolsinger February 08, 2012 at 12:06 AM
With all due respect to Mina, the scriptures do not teach that suicide causes to lose our salvation. There is often confusion about this, but allow me as pastor and professor of theology to offer that Romans 8 teaches us instead that "nothing--not even life or death--can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ." JV Hurlbut knew that love of God in Jesus Christ. He committed is life to Christ as savior and Lord and was a member of our church community. While we grieve our loss and struggle with understanding, it is the love of God that will not forsake or abandon us, the love of God that will never leave us, the love of God that was demonstrated in Christ's death for a world that rejected him, that is our hope. Yesterday at his service, both his father and I quoted the same verse, 1 Thes 4:13. "We grieve, but not as those who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died." JV Hurlbut was a believer and we who loved him look forward to the day that we will see him again.
Mina February 08, 2012 at 01:12 AM
For being a paster do you know the 10 commandments? And one of those was thou shall not kill. And he sure did kill himself. He was not pushed or forced he did it willingly
Mina February 08, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Where in the bible does or say it's ok to commit suicide and be saved? Please do tell. Perfect example Job he went trubulation, to the point that he asked God why he was in that situation, however he never commited suicide? Suicide is not the answer.
Nesa Anderson February 08, 2012 at 01:30 AM
I really appreciated Pastor Tod's words. There is a lot of grief and a lot hope for everyone who knew this family and JV. The Bible tells us "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" Romans 3:23. Our hope is based in our belief in what God has done for us, not whether we live perfect lives. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 We don't go to heaven because we didn't do wrong things in life, but because God loves us and has forgiven us for ALL of our sins.
Mina February 08, 2012 at 05:32 AM
The bible also says in 1 John 3:15 "whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him"
Mina February 08, 2012 at 07:03 AM
To nessa where does it say to commit suicide is forgiven by God? I feel bad for the family. Like I said I lost a child my self, but it was different. She died of sids. Well we have our opinion, but I hope the good Lord gives the family comfort
Eliza February 10, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Regardless of your beliefs, it is ultimately God's judgment and you may not agree with what happened it is still not your right to pass judgement. If you are a true believer of God you must also know that. You have a right to your feelings but if you are going to pass judgement then you should not have posted any comments regarding this matter. Nothing you or anyone else says can take away the grief that his family feels. As you understand the pain that this family feels because you have felt the loss of a child it is inappropriate for you to state because it does not make the pain anymore bearable. I acknowledge the freedom of speech, however I feel that this is not the forum for it to be expressed.
michaela hume April 04, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Well said Eliza. Sometimes, no matter what you believe, or what it is your opinion, it is better to keep your thoughts to yourselves in respect of the grieving family. A person of god or not, a descent person does not argue such points as Mina is doing out of respect for fellow human beings. Shame on you Mina.
Katie Dischner July 27, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Mina, I have never met you and after reading these posts don't care to. To each his own on our beliefs is right. Instead of preaching what you believe on this how about you not and just reach out to Mr and Mrs Hurlbut instead of writing all over this memorial page that their sons soul is somewhere other than heaven. After all as you know isnt it enough that their worst nightmare came true. Spare them the insult and the lie. He was a good kid and devoted to our god. Also and I'm committing a sin by judging you, but even judgment on a passed humans soul is a sin. Just an FYI for the next time you wanted to publicly post about a devoted Christian and someone else's kid. Besides god has a plan for our lives even before we're born.
Katie Dischner July 27, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Mrs H if you ever need anything let me know. I know I'm a little late but my condolences.
Kirk Jones December 09, 2012 at 06:31 PM
You are an asshole!

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