WANAQUE, NJ (AP) — State police have released the name of a father killed when he jumped off a New Jersey highway bridge with his two young sons, seriously injuring the children.
They also say a preliminary investigation determined John Spincken intentionally jumped with the boys.
The 37-year-old Pequannock man was holding the boys, ages 1 and 3, when he jumped from the Wanaque Bridge on Interstate 287 in Wanaque around 8 p.m. Monday. That came after he apparently was involved in a domestic dispute in Pequannock.
Spincken jumped about 100 feet into a wooded area near the Wanaque River. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The children remained hospitalized Tuesday with undisclosed injuries that authorities say are considered serious but not life-threatening.
“When the officers found the children conscious and alert, it was nothing short of a miracle,” police said during a news conference.
Spincken’s unoccupied car was found near the bridge.