El Cerrito High School Student Struck, Killed By Train Identified

By: Ja'Mein Beale - Wed, 01 Feb 2012 11:09:28 -0800

RICHMOND (BCN)--A 17-year-old El Cerrito High School student who was struck and  killed by a train in Richmond early Sunday morning has been identified by the  Contra Costa County coroner's office as Jeremy Crowder.
     
Crowder, a Richmond resident, was struck by a Union Pacific  freight train at about 2:20 a.m. Sunday on the tracks near the intersection  of South 43rd Street and Carlson Boulevard, close to Interstate Highway 580, Union Pacific spokesman Aaron Hunt said.
     
"He was standing on the tracks when our train crew first spotted  him," Hunt said. "They were unable to stop in time."
     
Hunt said it is unclear why the teen was on the tracks, and that  Union Pacific is still investigating the circumstances of the death.
     
He said it appears the boy was alone when he was hit. 
     
West Contra Costa Unified School District spokesman Marin Trujillo  said Crowder was a senior at El Cerrito High School, and was "a much-loved  football player and an honor roll student on track to graduate this year." 
     
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends,"  Trujillo said.
 
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