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Man Hangs Himself from Lamppost on BQE, Near Northern Boulevard Exit

Jan. 13, 2020 By Allie Griffin

A 37-year-old man hanged himself from a lamppost along the Brooklyn Queens Expressway in Woodside during rush hour this morning.

At 8 a.m., police officers responded to a 911 call of an unconscious man on the eastbound side of the BQE near Northern Boulevard. When officers arrived, they found the man unconscious and unresponsive hanging from a lighting pole, police said.

The man was brought down from the pole and was pronounced dead by EMS.

The medical examiner will determine the official cause of death and the investigation is ongoing, police said.

In a photo posted to Twitter, five police vehicles can be seen at the location. A large police presence was also reported at the nearby Burger King below the raised expressway.


On the app Citizen, several users reported seeing the man’s body covered in a blanket and surrounded by police as they drove by.

The man lived less than two miles away and had gotten into an argument with his wife the night before, the New York Post reported.

She tracked his iPhone to the location with a GPS app, where she found him hanging, sources told the newspaper.

If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, you can get help by contacting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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