Graffiti Writer falls from a Freeway overpass

A man apparently spray painting graffiti on an overpass fell Saturday night onto the 5 Freeway in East Los Angeles, authorities said.
Several motorists told authorities that the man had possibly broken his back at about 9:45 p.m. and had a can of spray paint clutched in his hands as he lay on the freeway near the Main Street off-ramp, said California Highway Patrol spokesman David Porter. Porter said the man was taken to a nearby hospital where he was being treated.
Porter said the man was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was being treated. His name was not released.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Det. Sean Moreno said he had heard of taggers getting injured once every couple of months from falls or being "clipped by a car.""It really hasn't been too drastic compared to the past," Moreno said of recent activity. "Let's put it this way: Nothing's stood out like, 'I can't believe they did that.' It's pretty much the same."They figure how can they make their piece and how many people can see it -- how much public traffic goes through so their tag can be seen," he said of taggers.


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