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RSM Man Jumps to Death Off 241 Toll Road

Incident involving 41-year-old victim occurs near the Upper Oso Reservoir.

Sheriff deputies below the 241 toll road, about 60 yards from the covered body of Alexander Antonau. Photo/Martin Henderson
Sheriff deputies below the 241 toll road, about 60 yards from the covered body of Alexander Antonau. Photo/Martin Henderson

By Martin Henderson

A Rancho Santa Margarita man jumped to his death Wednesday morning off the California 241 toll road in Mission Viejo.

Alexander Antonau, 41, was seen by a witness leaping from the center of the span. According to the California Highway Patrol, the height of the bridge at that location is 93 feet. 

A LinkedIn profile of Antonau identified him as a software architect at iBASEt in Foothill Ranch.

The bridge is at the end of the Los Alisos on-ramp to the northbound 241, which is parallel to the dam of the Upper Oso Reservoir, just a few hundred yards from the Rancho Santa Margarita border.

The apparent suicide was called in to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at 9:16 a.m. after a witness watched the victim go over the east side of the bridge closest to the reservoir.

TELL US IN THE COMMENTS: What is your recollection of Mr. Antonau?

maryfwong January 15, 2014 at 07:42 PM
That explains the many, many police cars on the toll road at 10:30 this morning.
Sandra Isernhagen-Roth January 15, 2014 at 07:47 PM
so sad... some people get so lost .....
Robbie-Ann Oliveira January 15, 2014 at 07:48 PM
So sad that he felt so bad to do that.. I know he is with God now...Sad for family and friends and witness..
Jim Thor January 15, 2014 at 08:47 PM
Very Sad
Tracie January 15, 2014 at 09:11 PM
It makes me sad to read this.
Patrick Kennedy January 15, 2014 at 09:50 PM
I work at the construction site going up right there. It was a crazy unforgettable morning
Lawrence (Larry) McCook January 18, 2014 at 12:18 AM
Extremely sad!

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