2009-10-16 / Front Page

Death on tracks ruled a suicide

By Joann Groff joann@theacorn.com

An unidentified man was killed Monday after being struck by a train traveling through the Moorpark Station.

The east-bound Amtrak train was en route from Oxnard to Los Angeles with no scheduled stop at the Moorpark Station on High Street. At around 7:30 p.m., the train struck a man on the tracks—he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both the Moorpark Police Department and the Ventura County Coroner’s Office have determined it was a suicide.

“It didn’t appear to be accidental, according to the witnesses,” said Sgt. Will Hammer of the Moorpark Police Station.

Hammer said the man was alone, but there were people waiting at the Moorpark Train Station who saw the accident. Capt. Ron Nelson said the Amtrak train operators also saw the man.

The train came to a stop about one-quarter mile from the scene, and resumed normal service by 11 p.m. The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Wednesday that they have identified the man, but are still attempting to notify his family.

He was 32 years old and from Daly City, Calif.

This is the second train incident in Moorpark in two months. Moorpark resident Alfredo Aguilar, 70, was struck and killed by an eastbound Metrolink train Aug. 8 off of Avenida Colonia.

Aguilar had apparently been walking on the railroad tracks when he fell and couldn’t get out of the way of an oncoming train.

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