The freeway suicide girl story gets sadder each time.

Now it seems she’d had lots of previous drug and alcohol problems and at least one suicide attempt, and had lost custody of her two children because of it; they were in foster care. And apparently (at least for now), her boyfriend was in a German band and they spoke some German, but she was working at the Wal-Mart when she met him. And the credit card they used that night wasn’t theirs. And her boyfriend had tried to off himself when they broke up the last time and they’d reunited in a mental hospital. It’s just awful.

Anyone heard of a techno band called the Klash? Or did he just make that up too?

Friday, August 12, 2005
Family woes beset woman killed on 405
Friends say Irvine single mother Jessica Rowe was worried she would lose her children and boyfriend.

By JOHN McDONALD, GREG HARDESTY and JENNIFER MUIR
The Orange County Register

COSTA MESA – Upset about losing custody of her two young children, her mind fogged after a long night of drinking Moet champagne and Jack Daniel’s whisky, Jessica Lynne Rowe quietly smoked.

The 25-year-old Irvine woman was sitting between her boyfriend and a 23-year-old male model from Hollywood they had met a few hours earlier at a trendy nightspot on the Sunset Strip.

Three of the man’s friends joined them in the back of the Hummer limousine that Jessica’s boyfriend rented as a belated birthday present for her.

Daylight was just an hour away as the black limo cruised down the San Diego (I-405) Freeway through Orange County early Wednesday, the bill approaching $3,000 on a credit card that did not belong to any of the occupants, police said.

Interviews Thursday with Jessica’s boyfriend, Jerimiah Vincent, 23, of Irvine and a man sitting next to her in the back of the Hummer shed some light into what might have driven the single mother to leap out the limo window to her death around 5 a.m. at Fairview Road in Costa Mesa.

The grisly suicide triggered one of the worst freeway bottlenecks in recent Orange County memory, clogging early morning traffic all the way to Seal Beach.

“It doesn’t make common sense,” said Jessica’s friend, Yvonne Boelzner. “How could she be in a car full of people and unroll the window and just jump out?

“It’s just so out of character for her.”

Jessica, who grew up in the Los Alamitos area, is the mother of Tyler, 5, and Kael, 1.

She met Vincent, who goes by the nickname “Bozzie,” about a year ago when he was working at Wal-Mart.

On the day they took the limo ride, Jessica hadn’t seen her children for 21/2 weeks, and during a bathroom stop at a motel on her way home she started crying, her boyfriend said.

“Baby, what’s wrong?” Vincent said he asked her.

“I miss my kids,” was her reply, he said.

Jessica was upset Vincent might leave her, too, he said.

“She said over and over again, ‘I think you are going to leave me,'” he said Thursday.

Jessica’s death happened so fast there was no chance of preventing it, said Vincent and the man sitting next to her when she leaped out.

He declined to give his name because police told him not to speak to the media.

“She was clearly upset about something and jumped out without warning before any of us could do anything,” the man said. “She had been smoking a cigarette with the window down. Then she jumped.”

Jessica was sitting on a corner sofa by an open window in the left rear of the limo, the man said.

Tom Wetzel, owner of the limo company, Exotic Limousine in Newport Beach, said it appeared Jessica used a plastic side pocket as a step to launch herself out of the car. It appears her weight broke the plastic.

Vincent recalled glancing at Jessica before she jumped.

“She told me she loved me,” he said. “She smiled. I turned the other way for a minute, and then I heard my friends yelling.

“I looked around, and all I saw were her feet.

“I saw her body tumble onto the freeway. Me and (the limo driver, Brandon Bonda) ran down the freeway, and we ran into traffic. We tried to stop the traffic, but nobody would stop.

“Then I saw her. … It was the last time I saw her, in the middle of the freeway.”

Vincent, his short, dark hair spiked and dyed purple and wearing Playboy bunny earrings and an oversize rhinestone necklace, recalled tripping over his girlfriend’s leg after nearly being hit by a car.

Costa Mesa police are investigating the death, calling it a suicide. Toxicological results from the Orange County Coroner’s Office could take weeks.

Thursday, Vincent checked himself into an Anaheim hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

“I had a breakdown,” he said. “All I could picture was her dismembered body.”

He denied that he and Jessica had been arguing throughout the evening, an observation that Bonda made.

“She was crying on and off, but there was no argument,” Vincent said. “She was upset over her kids. She missed them.”

According to Vincent, Jessica lost custody of her children about a year ago. She had visitation rights to see the kids, who are in the care of foster parents.

Vincent said Jessica’s children were taken from her in February because of her drug and alcohol problems. She went into a treatment center and was intent on getting back her children.

Officials at the Orange County Social Services Agency declined to comment.

“She was trying to be a good mom,” said Boelzner, who described Jessica as a “beautiful girl, inside and out” who typically was bubbly, free-spirited and fun-loving.

Jessica feared a recent suicide attempt and a couple of missed appointments with a social worker would mean she would not be allowed to see her children again, Vincent said.

Boelzner confirmed her suicide attempt, sparked by a brief breakup with her boyfriend.

Shortly after that split, the two reunited in a Santa Ana mental hospital; Vincent said he had gotten drunk and driven the wrong way down a freeway because he couldn’t live without Jessica.

Costa Mesa police Sgt. Marty Carver said that the investigation into Jessica’s death has expanded into possible credit-card fraud.

Vincent said a roommate named Amy, the name Jessica used the night she died, had authorized Jessica to use her credit card.

“We’re out the money for the fare, and we’re being charged $1,000 by the city for towing the Hummer,” Wetzel said.

On Thursday, the Irvine apartment where the Hummer went to pick up the couple for their night on the town was posted with an eviction notice.

Vincent said he’s a musician in the German techno band Klash. Jessica was a “tagalong” who did graphics for the band, he said. They both have several tattoos and favor rock-star garb.

When they went partying Tuesday night at the trendy The Standard in Hollywood, they affected German accents, “pretending to be rock stars,” Vincent said. He said Jessica and Klash members all speak German.

The music of a favorite German band, Rammstein, was blasting in the Hummer when the six young adults were heading to Orange County.

As it was getting dark Thursday, Vincent left the hospital, not sure where he was headed.

Going back to his Irvine apartment was no longer an option.

He walked to a cab, rolling a burgundy suitcase behind him.

“I loved her very much,” he said. “She’s always going to be a part of me, no matter what.”

Man, I’ve heard “hitting bottom” stories that were pretty raw, but tripping over your girlfriend’s severed leg in the middle of a freeway at 5 am is a topper.

13 thoughts on “The freeway suicide girl story gets sadder each time.

  1. SAD
    I get sick thinking about her jumping out of that limo window. I was stuck in traffic for two hours that morning but I would stay in traffic for an eternity if it could bring her back. Drugs or not…its so sad that this happened. I just feel so much that this shouldn’t have happened. Jessica Lynne Rowe will always be in my mind and i never got to meet her.

  2. jessica
    I agree, i have not been able to get this story and jessica out of my mind..i feel sad for her and her kids who will now never really know her. She was a tortured soul obviously and wish she could have gotten help. It just goes to show that you should not take a suicide attempt or even talking about suicide lightly. I hope she is finally happy and at peace.
    ~z

    1. Re: jessica
      idiots–posuers—and once again–IDIOTS–I’ve been playing this Orange County Punk Rock scene and never heard of any of them–DON’T TARNISH MY FUCKING SCENE–BY SAYING THEY WERE PART OF A ‘PUNK ROCK BAND’ THEY ARE FULL OF SHIT AND HOPEFULLY HE’S NEXT—–

      1. Re: jessica
        Oh absolutely. The worst thing about this wasn’t the mile long spatter of human carrion, it was the terrible stain on the purity and beauty of the Orange County punk rock scene.
        Dude, get a fucking grip. The Orange County punk rock scene died 20 years ago and it never was anything to wave a flag about anyway.
        Go buy a button about it at the Hot Topic.

      2. Re: jessica
        no no no–my point is (you dipshit) the papers were writing that they were –part of some “punk rock band”— so number 1–They’re charging all this crap on a stolen credit card 2- claiming to be part of ‘something’ that they are not (‘the Klash’with a “K”–how creative)–So the guy is a thief–and claiming to be something that he is not!!!–WAY TO GO–WANNA BE ROCKSTAR…WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A FUCKING ENCORE????? WILL YOU JUMP NEXT????? I AM OUt of here–this is YESTERDAYS NEWSPAPERS–WHO CARES…………

      3. Re: jessica
        I dunno man, the whole thing looked very O.C. punk to me.
        bloodstains, speed kills, fast cars, cheap thrills, rich girls, fine wine, i lost my sense i lost control i lost my mind!
        plus stolen credit cards are really very punk rock 🙂

  3. haa
    this guys is a fucking abusive psycho path. i was with him almost 2 years ago. he is a con artist. hes on his way to prison thank god. and i dont think she jumped. from what i know of being with jeremy, she didnt jump.

  4. I miss you Jessica Rowe. still thinking about you in 2018. I’m blessed to have met you at S.A.F in long beach. you are always in my thoughts and I will cherish the time we had together for the rest of my life q

  5. HAPPY HEAVENLY BIRTHDAY MY LOVE ,13YRS OF B-DAYS WITHOUT YOU AND IS NOT ANY EASIER! JESSICA LYNN ROWE MY RIDE OR DIE FOR LYFE , BFF , SISTER BLOOD OR NOT… ARE TIME TOGETHER WAS TAKEN WAY TOO SOON , TYLER HAS GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL YOU’D BE SO PROUD OF HIM! OUR LIVES WILL NEVER BE THE SAME WITHOUT YOU

  6. Sept. 2019
    i keep shoving my feelings down and keeping anger instead of facing my real feelings but i fucking miss you mom and i don’t fucking know how to do this shit and I don’t want to be here without you and papa but i couldn’t leave kael. I love and miss you so fucking bad

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