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Bradenton woman jumps from Sunshine Skyway in apparent suicide

HILLSBOROUGH -- A Bradenton woman was seen jumping off the Sunshine Skyway bridge in an apparent suicide on Friday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, a motorist told deputies that he saw Toni L. Bennett, 58, jump from the center span of the bridge, according to a release.

Deputies said they recovered an abandoned 2009 blue Nissan Cube from the top of the bridge and found Bennett deceased in the waters below.

Anyone contemplating suicide is encouraged to call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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