Friday, October 21 , 2016, 7:38 pm | Fair 65º

  • Follow Noozhawk on LinkedIn
  • Follow Noozhawk on Pinterest
  • Follow Noozhawk on YouTube

Local News

Suicide Suspected in Train-vs.-Pedestrian Death in Santa Barbara

Unidentified man was struck by southbound Amtrak train near Las Positas Road

A pedestrian was struck and killed by an Amtrak train Sunday afternoon in what Santa Barbara police say appears to be a suicide.

Emergency personnel were dispatched about 2:20 p.m. in response to a report that a man had been hit by a train at Palermo Drive, according to Santa Barbara fire Battalion Chief Robert Mercado.

The man, whose identity had not been determined as of Sunday evening, was pronounced dead at the scene, Mercado said.

Several witness reported seeing the man walking on the tracks with his back to the oncoming southbound train, police Sgt. Eric Beecher said.

“The engineer tried to alert the man with his horn, and tried to stop the train,” Beecher said, but was unable to do so.

He said investigators found a suicide note in a backpack that was left near the tracks.

Investigators remained at the scene for an extended period, with the train stopped on the tracks.

In a separate incident earlier Sunday, a pedestrian suffered minor injuries when clipped by a passenger train near Garden Street.

» Click here for free suicide prevention resources that are available 24 hours a day.

Noozhawk staff writer Gina Potthoff can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Investigators say they found a suicide note in a backpack near the railroad tracks where a pedestrian was struck and killed by an Amtrak train Sunday afternoon in Santa Barbara. (Urban Hikers photo)

Reader Comments

Noozhawk's intent is not to limit the discussion of our stories but to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and must be free of profanity and abusive language and attacks.

By posting on Noozhawk, you:

» Agree to be respectful. Noozhawk encourages intelligent and impassioned discussion and debate, but now has a zero-tolerance policy for those who cannot express their opinions in a civil manner.

» Agree not to use Noozhawk’s forums for personal attacks. This includes any sort of personal attack — including, but not limited to, the people in our stories, the journalists who create these stories, fellow readers who comment on our stories, or anyone else in our community.

» Agree not to post on Noozhawk any comments that can be construed as libelous, defamatory, obscene, profane, vulgar, harmful, threatening, tortious, harassing, abusive, hateful, sexist, racially or ethnically objectionable, or that are invasive of another’s privacy.

» Agree not to post in a manner than emulates, purports or pretends to be someone else. Under no circumstances are readers posting to Noozhawk to knowingly use the name or identity of another person, whether that is another reader on this site, a public figure, celebrity, elected official or fictitious character. This also means readers will not knowingly give out any personal information of other members of these forums.

» Agree not to solicit others. You agree you will not use Noozhawk’s forums to solicit and/or advertise for personal blogs and websites, without Noozhawk’s express written approval.

Noozhawk’s management and editors, in our sole discretion, retain the right to remove individual posts or to revoke the access privileges of anyone who we believe has violated any of these terms or any other term of this agreement; however, we are under no obligation to do so.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >