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Man Jumps to Death Off 241 Toll Road in Mission Viejo

Incident involving 41-year-old victim occurs near the Upper Oso Reservoir.

Sheriff deputies below the 241 toll road, about 60 yards from the covered body of Alexander Antonau. Photo/Martin Henderson
Sheriff deputies below the 241 toll road, about 60 yards from the covered body of Alexander Antonau. Photo/Martin Henderson

By Martin Henderson

A Rancho Santa Margarita man jumped to his death Wednesday morning off the California 241 toll road in Mission Viejo.

Alexander Antonau, 41, was seen by a witness leaping from the center of the span, according to a deputy with the California Highway Patrol. The height of the bridge at that location is 93 feet. 

A LinkedIn profile of Antonau identified him as a software architect at iBASEt in Foothill Ranch.

A lane of traffic was blocked off and a black vehicle was parked on the shoulder.

The bridge is at the end of the Los Alisos on-ramp to the northbound 241, which is parallel to the dam of the Upper Oso Reservoir, just a few hundred yards from the Rancho Santa Margarita border.

The incident was called in to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at 9:16 a.m. after a witness watched the victim go over the east side of the bridge closest to the reservoir.

Deena January 16, 2014 at 12:12 PM
SLS when anyone takes their own life - civilized people should refrain from any negative comments. Your comment is beyond insensitive and should be removed.
S L S January 16, 2014 at 01:41 PM
Anyone that commits suicide is a loser and I have no sympathy for them. And before you get on a soapbox and preach how I dont understand, yes I have experienced this firsthand. I feel bad for the family, not the jumper.
GreenInOC January 17, 2014 at 10:57 AM
@S L S, surely as someone who has experienced this first hand you must also be familiar with the pain that people on all sides of this type of tragedy feel regardless of whether you yourself experience it that way?
Silence Dogood January 17, 2014 at 11:14 PM
@SLS You seem nice.

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