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Coroner: Man killed by train was from Palo Alto

27-year-old 'acted intentionally,' Caltrain reports

The Santa Clara County Coroner's Office today identified the man who died Monday evening after being struck by a train at the University Avenue station as Riyan Mynuddin, 27, of Palo Alto.

The coroner's office earlier had said Mynuddin was a resident of Stanford.

A "preliminary investigation indicates that the person acted intentionally," a Caltrain press release stated.

The coroner's office said it could release no further information about Mynuddin. Stanford said the coroner's office had been mistaken in its earlier identification of Mynuddin as a Stanford resident.

The accident happened about 7:30 p.m. when southbound Caltrain 284 struck Mynuddin at the Palo Alto station, Caltrain said.

The train was not scheduled to stop at the Palo Alto station. Caltrain is authorized to operate at a maximum speed of 79 miles an hour.

This is the fourth Caltrain fatality this year on the right of way, which stretches from San Francisco to Gilroy. Last year there were 11 fatalities on the Caltrain right of way; of those nine were determined by the coroner to be suicides and two are pending final investigation, Dunn stated.

Last year, Caltrain installed 250 suicide prevention signs along a 10-mile stretch of the right of way between Menlo Park and Mountain View. The signs, which have a hotline number to a local crisis intervention agency, are part of national study to test the effectiveness of signs in preventing suicides on railroads. The calls are tracked to determine whether the signs are effective in preventing suicides.

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