Fire official: Man hit by car admits false report about bridge jumper

Dayton Fire Department rescuers searched the Great Miami River Monday afternoon after a report that someone jumped from the Third Street Bridge. JIM NOELKER / STAFF
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Dayton Fire Department rescuers searched the Great Miami River Monday afternoon after a report that someone jumped from the Third Street Bridge. JIM NOELKER / STAFF

Credit: Jim Noelker

Credit: Jim Noelker

A man hit by a car Monday evening on the Salem Avenue Bridge admitted making a false report an hour earlier about a person jumping from the Third Street Bridge, Dayon fire officials said.

Rescuers from the Dayton Fire Department launched a boat into the Great Miami River after a man called 911 to report that he “saw a man fling himself off the bridge into the water,” according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

A pedestrian who was hit Monday evening on the Salem Avenue Bridge in Dayton reportedly admitted that he made a false 911 call an hour earlier about seeing a man jump from the Third Street Bridge in Dayton, according to fire officials. JIM NOELKER / STAFF
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A pedestrian who was hit Monday evening on the Salem Avenue Bridge in Dayton reportedly admitted that he made a false 911 call an hour earlier about seeing a man jump from the Third Street Bridge in Dayton, according to fire officials. JIM NOELKER / STAFF

Credit: Jim Noelker

Credit: Jim Noelker

Crews did not find anyone in the water but the search remained underway when another call came in to emergency dispatchers at 5:37 p.m. about a pedestrian hit on the Salem Avenue Bridge over the Great Miami River in Dayton.

The pedestrian hit, a man, admitted to paramedics that he was the person who made a false report about seeing someone jump from the Third Street Bridge, according to a fire official.

It is not clear whether the man has been charged.