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Posted on: February 10, 2020

Suspected Suicide

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On 02/10/2020 at about 08:15 A.M. the Watertown Police Department received a report of a man running in traffic in the 1800 block of 9th Avenue SE.  The man was later identified as 24 year old Francisco Romero Rodriguez from Watertown.  Rodriguez is known to have been suffering from mental illness.  He ran into the side of a vehicle towing a trailer and continued running.  He was then witnessed diving onto the roadway in front of a large truck.  The truck collided with Rodriguez, killing him instantly.  The WPD has not located any next of kin.   The incident is currently under investigation but appears to be a suicide.  The WPD was assisted by Watertown Fire Rescue and the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

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