Probe into director Tony Scott's death could be closed soon
More than a month after director Tony Scott died after jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, coroner's officials have still not determined a final cause of death.
But sources told The Times that coroner's officials are closing in on a final report that is likely to be completed in the next few weeks.
From the beginning, officials have said all the evidence points to a suicide after Scott leaped to his death, but they don't know of a motive.
An autopsy was performed in August. But as in many cases, the coroner said a final cause of death would not be determined until toxicology and other test results became available in several weeks. He died Aug. 19.
Also unclear is whether Scott, 68, had any health problems before his death.
Several people who were driving over the bridge when Scott jumped described witnessing what happened.
“He was on the roadway close to the fence looking around. He was looking around and fumbling with something at his feet. He looked nervous,” David Silva told The Times.
Silva said he was a passenger in a car on the north side of the bridge and that Scott was on the south side. Silva said Scott “paused a couple of seconds and then began to climb the fence. He put his foot on the top of the fence and paused again. And then he threw himself off.”
At first, Silva and other motorists thought the jump was an extreme-sports stunt. Then they realized that the jumper didn't have a parachute or safety cord.
Silva said he called 911 immediately.
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Photo: Directors Tony (left) and brother Ridley Scott of Scott Free Productions at the BAFTA Los Angeles 2010 Britannia Awards. Credit: Todd Williamson / Getty Images