Man Dies After Jumping Off Highway Overpass in Sumner

A 47-year-old Auburn resident died after he jumped off the SR 410 overpass onto Valley Ave. E in Sumner on Thursday.

An Auburn man is dead after jumping off the SR 410 overpass in Sumner, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Police have identified the victim as 47-year-old Todd Kneer.

According to police reports, the man exited his 19-foot-long Plymouth motor home on the right shoulder of westbound SR 410 to northbound SR 167. He jumped off the overpass and landed on Valley Ave. E. to his death, around 11:45 a.m. Thursday.

The cause of this crash is under investigation and it is unknown if alcohol or drugs were involved at this time. Traffic was blocked on Valley Ave. E. near the Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse until about 2:35 p.m. while police investigated the scene.

Lauren Padgett (Editor) October 26, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I spoke with Todd's brother and one of his longtime childhood friends this morning. They just wanted me to let readers know he is well-loved and they are absolutely heartbroken over what has happened. Also, a witness emailed me and said she and another lady saw him and called 9-11, and that she said she stayed and prayed with him until he died and paramedics and police arrived. This truly is a tragedy for all involved.
nanette fleshman October 27, 2012 at 01:27 AM
My boyfriend witnessed it he had to swerve to miss his falling body he can't stop thinking about it and if the woman up top who was screaming the wholee time had something to do with it
Just one who cares October 28, 2012 at 05:38 AM
My prayers are with his wife and two children. Life may get tough at times and I cannot pretend to know what was going on in Todd's head but it was a selfish thing to do.
Someon who cares October 28, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Please pray for the ones he left behind for they do not understand why this happened. Keep his wife in your daily thoughts she has a long journey,
Darcy Thiesen October 30, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Todd was my old boss at the job he worked at for 27 years. He was always smiling and making sure everyones day was going good. He was a great man and my heart goes out to his family and friends. Rest in piece to a man that many of us will never forget.
Candi Scaiola October 30, 2012 at 05:02 AM
I am so sorry for the families loss!
Charles E Johnson October 31, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Todd was the best boss I ever had. He became a very dear friend and helped me through the loss of my mother and my cat lucky. I will forever miss him and there will always be a void in my heart. He was the kind of man who would stand up to help those less fortunate. My love and prayers to Linette, Mackenzie, and Jack, Scottie, and family. Sincerely Charles E Johnson
Richard Wilbon November 03, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Toddo has been my supervisor for the last four years but he wasn't just my boss but also my Buddy. He always made sure everyone at the job was smiling & laughing. Words can't describe the pain I feel so I can't imagine what his family is going through. My soul hurts from this loss!! Toddo was an outstanding man & human being who I & many many others respected & admired!! I have been crying everyday since I heard about this tragedy. Toddo u will be forever missed & a day will not go by that I won't think of some of the silly things you did to keep everyone laughing & smiling. My prayers & love goes out to his family & many friends!! Much Love Toddo, Richard Wilbon
Sheryl Bartels November 09, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Two weeks have passes since Todd's death. I pray that the healing has begun. I know it has for me. I feel sure that my heavenly father put me there with Todd at this time because he knew of my strong fatih and in my background of desperation at times in my life. I prayed that god would send angels to help Todd find his way to heaven and God answered my prayer. Never has knowing someone for such a brief moment been so powerful. My prayers and love remain with the family, friends and emplyees of this man. Rest in Peace Todd and while your up there, Tell my momma hello. Thanks
Brewcrew November 19, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Sherly, I am Todd's cousin and I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart dear Sister-in-Christ. I love you for your obedience and blessing on my dear TODDO. No words can express my real gratitude. May God bless you and keep you, may He make His Face shine upon you, may He lift his countenance on you and give you his PEACE! Love, Susan
Sheryl Bartels November 19, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Susan, God puts us in places we have no idea why. I am honored that God thought well enough of me to put me there. Although it has not been an easy thing to come to peace with, I know that there is a sure reason for the experience. If you ever want to contact me or have family that does, please do not hesitate. My prayers were heard that day and Todd had angel escort. My family has experienced a similar loss and our heart goes out to the family and friends who must endure to the end. I have a strong testimony of my Savior Jesus Christ and I know that Todd has peace. Love Sheryl


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