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GREENVILLE, S.C. — The Greenville County Coroner’s Office said a woman fell from a bridge early Saturday morning.
Coroner Parks Evans said 29-year-old Jessica Nicole Smith stopped near Interstate 385 and U.S. 276 after coming upon a vehicle collision around 1:45 a.m. Evans said Smith exited the vehicle to render aid before emergency medical services arrived.
Witnesses said Smith did not find any victims at the scene but believed she heard a voice below the bridge. Smith reportedly placed both legs over the bridge, believing the ground was close below.
She died following a 23-foot fall, Evans said. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause and manner of death.
On Sunday Smith’s sister, Hope Smith said, “she decided to try and make her way down to where they were… and didn’t realize that it was so far.”
Smith said Jessica Smith was a certified nursing assistant and had always had a calling to help others. Jessica Smith left behind a 9-year-old son named Isaiah. Her sister said he meant the world to her.
“She would go to the ends of the earth to do for him and that was her biggest fear, was not being around for him,” said Smith.
Hope Smith said the day before her sister’s passing, she posted a status on Facebook worrying she would not be around for Isaiah.
Although Jessica’s family is struggling with this tragic loss, they said she lost her life trying to help someone and that is something she was always meant to do.
“She would go out of her way to do anything for anybody even a complete stranger, and she completely proved that,” her sister said.