San Diego man killed by Caltrain Friday


A man who was fatally struck Friday afternoon by a Caltrain approaching the Belmont station has been identified by the San Mateo County coroner's office as San Diego resident Michael Turek.

Turek, 40, was fatally struck by the train at about 3:10 p.m. Friday.

Caltrain officials said Turek was trespassing on the tracks.

"No matter what the circumstances, any loss of life is regrettable," Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said in a statement. "Caltrain is committed to improving safety on the right-of-way through education, engineering and enforcement."

Dunn said Friday's incident was Caltrain's ninth fatality of the year. Five of the deaths have been determined to have been suicides.

Authorities were trying to determine today whether Turek's death

was an accident or a suicide.

The death caused widespread delays on the Caltrain system Friday evening. Regular service resumed around 7 p.m.

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Posted by Emily
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 31, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Caltrain didn't KILL him. Please change that headline. He got in the way of a fast moving, heavy, train.

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on Nov 2, 2010 at 11:22 am

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