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Coroner's office identifies man hit by train

Former Berkeley resident Kyle Hodder-Hastorf died early Tuesday

The man killed by a southbound Caltrain in Palo Alto early Tuesday morning has been identified as Kyle Hodder-Hastorf, 19, a former resident of Berkeley who recently moved to Palo Alto.

The Santa Clara County Coroner-Medical Examiner's Office identified the man after a delay caused by computer-access problems. He was a "relatively new" resident of Palo Alto, a coroner's office investigator said this morning (Jan. 7).

Hodder-Hastorf was struck by a southbound train at about 1:20 a.m., four-tenths of a mile north of the California Avenue station at a location where there is no vehicle or pedestrian crossing. Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said.

"A preliminary investigation indicates that this was an intentional act," she said.

Access to the tracks is restricted by a fence bordering the east side of the tracks and houses with fenced yards lining its west side.

Train 198 continued on to the California Avenue station, where its 30 passengers were disembarked. Another local train was dispatched and picked up the passengers at 2:45 a.m., Dunn said.

It was the first Caltrain fatality of 2011, Dunn said. In 2010, there were 11 fatalities on the Caltrain right-of-way, down from 19 a year earlier.

-- Bay City News Service and Palo Alto Online staff

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