The Tappan Zee Bridge dangler was no accident, with Michael Davitt purposefully putting himself in danger as a political protest.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the Tappan Zee bridge accident was unfortunately caused by an elderly woman going the wrong way.
Unfortunately, Tappan Zee bridge suicides are not that uncommon. One couple leaped to their deaths together while naked, but one actually survived.
The Tappan Zee bridge dangler Michael Davitt was obviously not a suicide attempt from the start, although the stunt was definitely dangerous. Michael Davitt suspended himself from a rope below the Tappan Zee bridge. The emergency response crews, which cost the local government $33,818, paralyzed traffic on the Tappan Zee bridge and put others at risk.
Michael Davitt used to be a substance abuse counselor with Rockland County. Michael Davitt says his Tappan Zee bridge stunt was intended to draw attention to corruption in Rockland County. Davitt says, “They are going to burn me with the spotlight, but it’s fallen on Rockland.”
Ron Levine, a spokesman for a member of the Rockland County government, says the Tappan Zee bridge dangler should have found another way to protest:
“He had an opportunity to plea, but he wanted to use the justice system to express his views on government and philosophy. He had such an impact on all the services here. It’s unfortunate that so many people’s lives at the time had to be interrupted.”
The judge in the case convicted Davitt of misdemeanor reckless endangerment charge and three other violations. He will server nine months in jail. So far, the Tappan Zee bridge dangler has been charged $400 in fines for disorderly conduct and for leaving his vehicle parked on the Tappan Zee bridge. He might also be fined $10,000 for the emergency response crews.