Houston — Woman Dies After Walking in Front of an 18-Wheeler on Gulf Freeway
Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 at 11:18 pm
Around 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, a woman, who was allegedly having emotional issues and threatening to commit suicide, jumped out of the car she was in and walked in front of an oncoming 18-wheeler truck on Gulf Freeway, Houston Police reported.
The driver of the big rig claimed that he did not see her in time and struck her. The woman died at the scene.
No charges were made in the incident.
Suicide is a serious problem that is rampant not just in the U.S. but also around the world. In the U.S. alone, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, and in 2017, there were an estimated 1,300,000 suicide attempts and 47,173 of those attempts led to death. Furthermore, it is estimated that there are about 129 suicides per day, and according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the most common method is the usage of firearms (51%), followed by suffocation (25.9%), poisoning (14.9%), and others (8.2%).
It is incredibly difficult to prevent suicide simply because suicide is, more often than not, a symptom — the final symptom, in fact — of mental illness, particularly with major depressive disorder, and mental illness is still one of the less-discussed topics nowadays because not everyone understands what it is, thus they simply rely on stereotypes and wrong information. However, mental illness is a problem that should be taken seriously because if it were left untreated, it can lead to devastating results, particularly suicide.
If you are someone who is suffering from major depressive disorder and suicidal thoughts, or you know someone who is, then please never hesitate to ask help. Help will always be right there for you, whether it’s in the form of a therapist or a hotline number you can call when you are at your lowest. It is never too late to ask for help.