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Train kills bicyclist on Menlo Park tracks

Original post made on Mar 9, 2012

A northbound train struck and killed a man on the Ravenswood tracks in Menlo Park at 9:30 a.m. Friday, according to Caltrain. ==I Almanac photo by Michelle Le.==

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 9, 2012, 9:48 AM

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Posted by SuchATragedy
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Mar 9, 2012 at 11:21 am

The bike had at least one red pack on the right side in the back. Such a tragedy. Our prayers go out to the person's family.


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Posted by chelle
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Mar 9, 2012 at 7:04 pm

This was a tragic event. However, I do not know why this headline refers to a "bicyclist". This man left his bike at Axis, at the corner of Ravenswood and Alma, where he had been sitting for a while before this incident. He was not cycling anywhere when this happened, nor was he walking his bike across the tracks when he was struck.


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Posted by Member
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 10, 2012 at 5:12 pm

The Almanac and its writer should be taken to task for this very, very misleading headline. I know someone who witnessed this. The young man deliberately threw himself under the train. His bike was across the street.

Don't your reporters talk with the police? The title implies the train struck the individual while he was biking, when in fact the train had started to pull out of the MP station and the individual approached the train several cars behind the engine.

Shame on you, Almanac, Sandy Brundage and Michelle Le for trying to sensationalize this tragic incident.


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Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Mar 10, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Thank you "Member" The entire article is shameless and bogus storytelling rather than journalism.

The bike was left behind and that's why it "did not seem dented." Eyewitnesses said the victim was not riding or walking with the bike...he had left it behind.

Were these irresponsible "journalists" distorting this sad suicide to imply commuter rail (hence, HSR) is unsafe? This is a terrible story, but clearly a person has to make an effort to subvert the multiple safety measures at this station to get in front of a train.

Reporters: Is this what you went to journalism for? How do you look in the mirror?

Do we get rid of the Golden Gate Bridge, and any future bridge, because of the tragic suicides that have occurred there?

Shameless stirring a political pot -- standard in this area.


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