Bradenton woman's body recovered under Sunshine Skyway Bridge; car set on fire before jump

January 4, 2013 

HILLSBOROUGH — The body of a 23-year-old woman from Bradenton was recovered by St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue beneath the Sunshine Skyway Bridge about 11:35 a.m. Friday, according to agency spokesman Lt. Joel Granata.

The woman, whose identity has not been released, was pronounced dead at the time of recovery, Granata said.

She jumped from the bridge, which spans from Palmetto to St. Petersburg, at about 11:07 a.m., Granata added. Dispatch immediately began receiving phone calls about the incident, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Traffic moved slowly in the southbound lanes where the decedent’s vehicle was on fire, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

“She lit the car on fire prior to jumping,” Granata said.

An investigation of the incident is ongoing.

The recovered body was taken to O’Neill’s Marina and transferred into the custody of a medical examiner.

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