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Man, said to be tagging, falls onto I-5

June 23, 2008|Ari B. Bloomekatz

A man apparently spray-painting graffiti on an overpass Saturday night fell onto the 5 Freeway, authorities said.

Several motorists told authorities that the man, reportedly clutching a can of spray paint as he lay on the freeway near the Main Street offramp about 9:45 p.m., had possibly broken his back, said California Highway Patrol spokesman David Porter.

Porter said the man was taken to a hospital, where he was being treated.

The accident comes about three weeks after prolific tagger Cyrus Yazdani -- who goes by the moniker "Buket" -- was arrested for causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage.

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-- Ari B. Bloomekatz

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