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Coroner identified man hit and killed by Metra train on May 15

Train passengers wait to for a Metra train to pull into the Joliet Station Wednesday, Oct. 14, in downtown Joliet.
Train passengers wait to for a Metra train to pull into the Joliet Station Wednesday, Oct. 14, in downtown Joliet.

The Will County Coroner’s Office released the name of a man who was struck and killed by a Metra train last week in New Lenox.

Ryan G. Starkus, 23, of New Lenox was pronounced dead at 10:55 a.m. May 15 on the eastbound Metra track at milepost 34.

The train was headed to Chicago from Joliet and stopped about 1 mile east of the New Lenox Metra station on Church Street, according to Metra.

Starkus was a pedestrian who was struck by a train. An autopsy performed May 16 revealed he suffered multiple injuries as a result of the incident.

The Metra Police Department is investigating the death. The final cause and manner of death will be determined at a later date, pending final autopsy, toxicology and police investigative reports. Metra said that about 50 passengers were aboard at the time of the incident. New Lenox police were first to arrive on the scene.

Metra said in a tweet about 8:45 a.m. on May 15 that train No. 506 was stopped near New Lenox because of police activity. A tweet sent around 9:30 that morning said the train had hit a pedestrian.

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