Two suicides in public spaces in downtown Royal Oak this have cast a pall over the twinkling holiday scene.
The Royal Oak Tribune reports one occurred Tuesday, when a 37-year old Royal Oak woman fell from the five story parking garage in front of the Emagine, a popular movie theater. The fall happened just before 1 a.m.
The woman parked her car at the top of the parking structure, police said. A mechanic working at Detroit Taco, a restaurant beneath the parking structure, went to investigate after he heard a “thump.” The mechanic made the 911 call. The Oakland County Medical Examiner’s office ruled her death a suicide Tuesday.
On Saturday morning, a 50-year-old Warren man was hit by an oncoming train between Main and Hudson streets. The train engineer saw the man walk up and sit down on the tracks, he told police. The engineer was unable to stop in time, he said. Police ruled the incident suicide.
If you're thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, you can call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.