Chesterfield Fatal Train Crash Victim Might Have Missed Warning - wtvr

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An Amtrak train heading north was traveling close to 80 miles an hour and blaring it's horn when police say it collided with a man walking along the tracks. Full Story
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Kthomas629

Midlothian, VA

#22 Sep 7, 2010
I realize that the family is grieving terribly at this time and I'm very sorry for their loss, especially his unborn child who will never know her father. BUT the people who commented on here have a valid point. My grandfather was an Amtrak and a N&W engineer for 40 years and his #1 rule to his children and his grandchildren was to NEVER play or walk near or on the railroad tracks. This usually resulted in a spanking if we broke that rule. My grandfather hit a 12 year old boy riding his bicycle on the tracks and he NEVER got over it. The parents assured him they didn't blame him b/c they had warned their son time and again not to go near the tracks, but he did it anyway. He wasn't a child, he was an adult who had a responsibility to his family and to himself to act and think rationally. Walking on RR tracks w/an Ipod in his ears, especially with having a hearing problem was not a responsible decision. I'm just sorry that his family and friends are the ones who have to live with the consequences of this young man's actions. Please think about what you are doing before you do it. Though many sympathies and prayers to the family for their loss.
Childhood Friend

Richmond, VA

#23 Sep 7, 2010
I think most of you people should just shut up because you sound real stupid. Your stupid thoughts arent wanted. "He shouldnt of been this, headphones that, he shoulda felt that, oh i can hear the train and i live 1/3 mile away blah blah blah" you should shut your mouth and not of even said anything! You didnt know this man you dont know the great funny kind person that he was. Who gives a damn what he shouldnt of or should of been doing out there! The one FACT is he's gone and there are so many of us that are hurting and missing him. And would give anything to bring him back... And seeing you talk the way you are doesn't help the situation any. So if you didnt know him and not postin to show sympathy then dont say anything at all!
Childhood Friend

United States

#24 Sep 7, 2010
I pray for all the people who posted on here never have to deal with a great loss as we did... and have to read the hurtful things that you "think" is truth or you "think" should have happen!!! He was a great person and knowing him as long as most of his friends did... we lost a GREAT man... brother... friend... husband... father... so next time before come on here writing what you think... why dont you do just that and think a little more before you go and post something you know nothing about!!!!! You will be missed so very much and never forgotten... we love you dearly!!!!!!!!!
A freind

Richmond, VA

#25 Sep 8, 2010
Apparently Aubrey was taking a breather walk on the tracks as is the habit with lots of the young people around here. He noticed the oncoming train and stepped aside onto the next set of tracks. Due to his headphones and the noise and vibrations of that train, Aubrey was unaware that "another" train was approaching from the opposite direction, behind him. He never knew what was about to happen.

All of us who knew this young man called him friend. He was a great guy with a big heart. He wrote poetry, loved the outdoors and camping. He loved to walk along the banks of the river or just sit and think or relax a bit.

Aubrey loved his family and often talked about them. Often he would say, "well, I got to go. I want to look in on my Dad and make sure he's OK. They were very close. While Aubrey was in Iraq his Mom passed away from cancer before he could get home to be at her side.

As a friend, I am terribly saddened at his passing. He was part of a close knit group of young friends. Whenever he visited my kids he always called me "Mom" and made me feel very touched.

He was about to be a father. He will never know his daughter; but I am sure that his family and friends will let her know just what a great guy and hero her dad was!

I offer my sincerest condolences to Aubrey's family and friends.
Lulu

Washington, DC

#26 Sep 8, 2010
I miss you Aubrey. I am devastated right now. I know you're looking out for your wifey, baby girl family and all of us from up there. Love you
Lulu

Washington, DC

#27 Sep 8, 2010
Everyone who is posting their opinion about not walking ont he tracks/having earbuds in really needs to consider that this isn't a time to judge anyone. What's happened, has happened and it's a tragedy either way. There's more to it than someone making a careless mistake of listening to music while walking on train tracks. Please keep in mind that if this were your friend or family member you wouldn't want strangers passing judgement on your loved one.
Lulu

Washington, DC

#28 Sep 8, 2010
Also, Aubrey was a very responsible man but anyone close to him knew that the war did not leave him in the best mental condition. WHen you are that frazzled from a war as well as other unfathomable unfortunate incidents that plague your life, you don't tend to think with much ration.
D G Williams

Chester, VA

#29 Sep 8, 2010
I grew up by the railroad tracks. The train whistle does not go around a curve, I know this from experience! As far as the ground rumbling it rumbles when the train is right up on you! They said he had problems hearing, & he may have had headphones on. He wouldn't have heard it! And last but not least there is an access road that runs along those tracks. When the trains aren't moving it is peaceful & quiet, What most people dont realize is that a train can suck you up & under if you are too close to them. Stop being judgemental. My deepest sympathy to his family. May God be with ya'll!!
Neighbor

Richmond, VA

#30 Sep 10, 2010
I grew up with Aubrey. He was a good man with a good heart. Growing up was no easy thing for him and he did a great service for our country. God bless him, Larry, Alicia, and all those affected by this tragedy.

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