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Death of Valparaiso woman hit by a train ruled a suicide

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The death of a 58-year-old Valparaiso woman who was struck by a train on Monday has been ruled a suicide, Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris said.

The incident occurred around 8:27 p.m. in the area of Silhavy Road and Grand Trunk Road, where the woman entered the railroad right-of-way carrying a sign which read “Ride Plese,” Harris told the Chesterton Tribune today.

As the train approached--traveling at between 27 and 30 miles per hour--the woman walked in front of it, and “there was no chance for something that big to stop in time,” Harris said.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene of multiple blunt force trauma. No autopsy will be conducted although the results of a routine toxicology screen are pending, Harris said.

Articles of the woman’s clothing were found “neatly folded away from the scene,” Harris said, and the totality of the circumstances indicates suicide.

There was no photo identification found in her possession but some items with her name printed on them were found in her pockets, and a positive identification was made after her caregiver was shown a photograph of her face, Harris added.


Posted 6/12/2013







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