UPDATE: Man killed by train in Atherton identified


The San Mateo County Coroner's Office has released the name of the man who was struck and killed by a train at the Atherton station on Sunday afternoon.

Jerry Cadagan, 76, of Sonora, died after being struck by southbound Caltrain No. 802 shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday, May 17, county officials said.

Approximately 1,200 people were onboard the train, which experienced a 90-minute delay, Caltrain officials said.

At around 1:30 p.m., the northbound track reopened and trains were single tracking in the area. As of around 5:30 p.m., Caltrain officials said the trains had resumed normal service.

— Bay City News Service

What is democracy worth to you?
Support local journalism.


5 people like this
Posted by Sadness
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 18, 2015 at 4:44 pm

Very sorry to hear this. It appears his wife was killed in an automobile accident this past Thanksgiving, per the below article on

Web Link

2 people like this
Posted by Sad2
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 18, 2015 at 11:15 pm

That is too sad. However, someone with that kind of social mission in life should think about what an act like that does to the train employees, his own daughter, and to the community ...

2 people like this
Posted by Been There
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 18, 2015 at 11:40 pm

@Sad2: When people commit suicide, they are in so much pain that they don't care how it affects others. This is obviously hard for you to understand, but trust me, those who have been near that desperation know the feeling.

18 people like this
Posted by Sadness
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 19, 2015 at 12:16 am

I agree with "Been There," except it's not that people who commit suicide "don't care how it affects others," they simply are in so much pain they are unable to see their impact or understand it. I know this analogy will ring hollow to anyone who has never experienced this depth of depression, but imagine being stabbed several times in the gut, and being expected to stop and pick up milk on your way home. That is, truly, the level of pain people are in when they or commit suicide. They are in so much immense pain THEY JUST WANT TO STOP THE PAIN, and that is their sole focus. They are not even capable of thinking about what their death will mean to everyone else, even those close to them.

If you have never experienced this depth of pain, please count yourself blessed. Please do not condemn or judge those who have felt it, and not survived it. Your misguided judgments will not ease the pain of their loved ones anymore than the loss itself.

Rest in peace Jerry and Kristin Cadagan, you are loved, and will be greatly missed.

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Be the first to know

Get the latest headlines sent straight to your inbox every day.

Verve Coffee to start brewing in Palo Alto this Friday
By Elena Kadvany | 7 comments | 1,935 views

Premarital and Couples: Musings on Life
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,074 views

The summer bucket list
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 736 views

Cap On? Cap Off? The Cities Respond
By Laura Stec | 4 comments | 693 views

Why we are Warming
By Sherry Listgarten | 5 comments | 656 views