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Man in bridge suicide tried to kill himself earlier

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Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 04:59 PM

A man who was pulled Friday from Old Tampa Bay after jumping to his death from the Howard Frankland Bridge had tried unsuccessfully to kill himself earlier in Spring Hill, deputies said.

Michael Medina, 47, jumped from the middle of the south span of the bridge after forcing his roommate, who was driving him to the hospital, to pull over, said Denise Moloney, a spokeswoman with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Medina first tried to kill himself around 10:30 a.m. in his home in the 7100 block of Tarrytown Drive in Spring Hill, Moloney said.

He was injured in the attempt and got his roommate to drive him to a hospital, according to the sheriff's office.

Before leaving, someone from Medina's address called 911, said the word "hospital," verified the address and then hung up, Moloney said.

Deputies responded to the scene, but no one was home. It appeared someone had been seriously injured and deputies determined it was a crime scene, according to a media release.

The nature of Medina's injury was not released. Moloney said Medina covered the injury with a cloth or towel and his roommate likely didn't know how severe it was.

Once in his roommate's car, Medina refused to go to a local hospital and insisted on going to a Tampa hospital. The pair drove into Pinellas County and onto the Howard Frankland Bridge, according to the sheriff's office.

While on the bridge, Medina struggled with the driver, causing the vehicle to come to an abrupt stop. Medina then jumped out of the car and off the bridge, Moloney said.

Authorities were called to the scene about 1 p.m. and recovered the body.

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