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Palo Alto man struck by Caltrain identified

Original post made on Mar 25, 2013

A man who was struck and killed by the No. 211 train at Charleston Road in Palo Alto Monday morning has been identified by the Santa Clara County Coroner.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, March 25, 2013, 8:33 AM

Comments (26)

Posted by Rose, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Mar 25, 2013 at 9:23 am

My sincere sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased.


Posted by Worried Gunn parent, a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 25, 2013 at 9:46 am

Please, can anyone confirm that this was not a high school student?


Posted by Observer, a resident of another community
on Mar 25, 2013 at 9:47 am

As an FYI, the Caltrain twitter and the Weekly retweeted is not the official Caltrain twitter--it is one operated by riders, so I don't know if that can qualify as Caltrain announcing on Twitter.


Posted by please no, a resident of another community
on Mar 25, 2013 at 9:51 am

Please do not emulate this.
Things do get better.
Stay strong.
Reach out.
You are good.
You are loved.
I've been there.
I'm glad I'm still here.
Please.


Posted by Christine, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Mar 25, 2013 at 10:16 am

Agree with "please no." I've been there too in high school. No love in my family, no praise, no friends at school (not worthy). There's too much good in life to need to leave. I still struggle with happiness and always will, as I am a perfectionist and wish to change that.

The link below has an 2011 article about suicide survivors' regret: ". . . found that the majority of them immediately regretted their decision. It's a 4 second fall-it's plenty of time to think about what they are doing."

In addition, "Through verbal cues and gestures, a person who is suicidal is looking for someone to talk to. A young man who was interviewed for the article said that if one person smiled at him as he walked to the bridge, he would not kill himself. No one smiled."

Web Link


Posted by an observer, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Mar 25, 2013 at 10:38 am

I'm so sorry Miki's is going to close! The "hidden" parking in back of the market didn't identify it as a place for the public and driving past on Alma you'd never know it was a market. The poor design was part of the problem. People in the burbs have a visual of what a market looks like, and this wasn't it.


Posted by Elizabeth, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 25, 2013 at 10:39 am

I suspect there was another one last evening as each train that went by was blowing its horn.

Such a harsh way to depart the planet and so very hard on others. I hope it was not intentional.

My heart goes out to all who were affected by each of the many passings of this nature.


Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 25, 2013 at 11:13 am

As with previous morning Caltrain incidents, the news helicopter arrival around 7:40 was my first hint.


Posted by Palo Alto native, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Mar 25, 2013 at 11:21 am

As with previous incidents, the sound of sirens this morning and not hearing the train running on schedule was an indication.


Posted by Cur Mudgeon, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Mar 25, 2013 at 11:45 am

To any who are thinking it, don't do it!
Those left behind, even casual acquaintances, will be and are devastated by such actions. You are more loved than you know.
Even those who only know of you through their friends, care.


Posted by Eric Van Susteren, online editor of Palo Alto Online
on Mar 25, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Eric Van Susteren is a registered user.

Observer,

Thanks for your comment. The "announcement" sentence has been removed from the story.


Posted by Lost, a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 25, 2013 at 12:22 pm

"You are more loved than you know."

And therein, the problem. Suicide may feel like the only way to get people to care. Albeit a little too late.


Posted by Project Safety Net, a resident of South of Midtown
on Mar 25, 2013 at 1:56 pm

This was NOT a high school student.

Go to www.paloaltopsn.com for resources.


Posted by Christine, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Mar 25, 2013 at 2:02 pm

@Project Safety Net: website posted is unavailable.


Posted by Will G., a resident of South of Midtown
on Mar 25, 2013 at 3:23 pm

I Was in the third train. [Portion removed.] Train delayed 90 minutes.

Sad but all to common in the Mountain View to Palo Alto train section.


Posted by Wondering, a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 25, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Just wondering... was the guard on duty? Did he/she see anything?


Posted by psn, a resident of Evergreen Park
on Mar 25, 2013 at 3:54 pm

website is really
Web Link


Posted by Accusing finger, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 25, 2013 at 4:37 pm

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Posted by Tracey Chen, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Mar 26, 2013 at 9:58 am

we need fewer "guards" in this world, and more "smilers"....can you imagine a world in which you are PAID to stand at the crossing and greet people as they go past, help them if need be? We need HAPPY people to do that to, not scolds. And the stupid expensive yellow gates and signs...when there is no fence....and i'm not saying a fence is needed...it's not...love is


Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 26, 2013 at 10:53 am

Every time I smile at some stranger on the street, they ask me for money. Maybe it's just Palo Alto.


Posted by Local Guy, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Mar 26, 2013 at 11:19 am

Dom was a class act at Gunn, I never would have thought he was troubled. He will be very missed.


Posted by Mom, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 26, 2013 at 5:27 pm

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Posted by Gunn grad, a resident of Gunn High School
on Mar 26, 2013 at 6:48 pm

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Posted by Mom, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 26, 2013 at 7:02 pm

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Posted by Gunn grad, a resident of Gunn High School
on Mar 26, 2013 at 7:52 pm

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Posted by Concerned Mom, a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 26, 2013 at 7:53 pm

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