Caltrain fatality ID'd as Palo Alto man

Daniel Snyder, 28, was fatally struck Thursday afternoon

The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office has identified the man struck and killed by Caltrain south of the Mountain View Caltrain station on Jan. 29 as Daniel Snyder, 28, of Palo Alto.

The death was ruled a suicide, said a spokeswoman for the coroner's office.

Snyder was a 2005 graduate of Palo Alto High School, where he played on the tennis team.

The incident happened at around 4:30 p.m. near the intersection of Pioneer Way and Evelyn Avenue. Caltrain tracks were then closed in both directions in the area, causing up to an hour and a half of delays. Northbound tracks were re-opened at 5:10 p.m. and southbound tracks just before 7 p.m., according to Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn.

Normal service was restored by 8 p.m., Dunn said.

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Posted by suky
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 30, 2015 at 1:42 am

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 30, 2015 at 8:23 am

The article said the person was a man, not a student.

I wonder how many of these suicides are copycats due to the heavy media coverage? Sometimes everyone dwelling on suicide just puts the idea into the heads of mentally fragile people.

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Posted by Train Neighbor
a resident of Ventura
on Jan 30, 2015 at 5:14 pm

My deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Our children graduated from Gunn and both lost a friend to suicide in 2009-2010.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jan 30, 2015 at 5:28 pm

So sorry to hear this. My sympathies to his family and friends.

This man would have been in Paly when there were 2 suicides.

Every death on Caltrain tracks is a life lost, a family suffers, regardless of the cause of the depression.

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Posted by Get it done
a resident of Community Center
on Jan 30, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Another PAUSD alum/student on the tracks. The tracks are now the GG bridge. Why isn't it fenced properly yet. City Council, do something!! I understand this was MV -- that's got to happen also but let's get Palo Alto done and reduce the access to lethal means. Should have been done 5 years ago thanks for fiddling Nero.

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 30, 2015 at 5:42 pm

You can fence as much as you want, but the fact remains that every crossing and every station provides direct access. This will also be true if the powers that be decide to tunnel, trench or elevate - there will always be access points.

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Posted by Tired
a resident of another community
on Jan 30, 2015 at 8:10 pm

Y'all can stop blaming the train. Ground level freight and passenger rail crisscrosses the entire planet. It's time to address mental illness first and foremost.

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Posted by Worried
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 30, 2015 at 9:52 pm

These suicides are a great tragedy, and I agree that treating mental illness should be greatly improved and more access provided for everyone.

I also feel deep sympathy for the train employees. It must be very difficult to see someone on the tracks and not be able to stop, especially if it happens to them more than once. I hope they get huge amounts of counseling and support.

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Posted by Forced Delay
a resident of another community
on Jan 30, 2015 at 10:34 pm

After riding Caltrain for more than 20 years (not every day/week), I had to experience the chaos during the rush hour commute from San Francisco to San Jose for the first time. One life was gone, but I noticed that riders were acting like nothing had happened or that event was "normal" every other month? Very sad. R.I.P. Daniel Snyder, regardless of his reasons to do his transition, God is his witness, but Caltrain should take advantage of new technology to satellite human beings on their premises (tracks) and send signals to train conductors to stop those kind of tragedies and safe lives for future mental treatments.

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Posted by Alphoinso
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Jan 31, 2015 at 9:06 am

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Posted by David
a resident of Stanford
on Feb 1, 2015 at 9:58 am

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Posted by E
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 3, 2015 at 3:04 pm

Danny was a friend, and a great person. I hadn't talked to him in a while, but I'm heartbroken about what happened.

We must grade separate these tracks. It's a walking invitation for trouble to have a train running at 80 mph at grade level through our community. We'll never know if that would have stopped Danny or any of the other fellow Paly grads from stepping in front of a train, but I have to think it would have helped.

It's too late to do anything for Danny, but I will do everything in my power to keep others out of the way of the train.

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Posted by So Sad
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 3, 2015 at 3:15 pm

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