Naval recruit killed by train in nort...

Naval recruit killed by train in north suburbs

There are 14 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jun 21, 2008, titled Naval recruit killed by train in north suburbs. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A 22-year-old recruit from the Naval Station Great Lakes in North Chicago was struck and killed by a Metra train early this morning, officials confirmed.

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bravo

Chicago, IL

#3 Jun 21, 2008
why was the recruit out of his station? UAL ? AWOL?
Why

United States

#5 Jun 21, 2008
Why would these men cross the tracks right in front of a speeding train? Its not like you can't see and hear it coming. Sounds more like they were playing a form of russian roulette and one of them lost the bet...
loose cannon

Lombard, IL

#6 Jun 21, 2008
I know it isn't mentioned in the article,...but I'll give it a shot anyway.
....Last call for alcohol!
And, just for the record, he was a recruit, not a yet a responsible sailor.
Tim in Nebraska

Red Oak, IA

#7 Jun 21, 2008
So far, no one is blaming the train, which is good! There is no excuse for getting hit--look both ways before you cross. That;'s what someone's parent teaches them at what--age 3??????
fart

United States

#8 Jun 22, 2008
yeah, it would be different if it was your friend, i'm sure.
LaryK

Maywood, IL

#9 Jun 22, 2008
The article mentions two buddies - where were they ? Not that they have total responsibility for this guys life but, again, where were they ? I think we need to go down the alcohol path until it is disproven by tests.
Sad

Shelby, AL

#10 Jun 22, 2008
I agree.. There MUST be more to the story
Whatever

Waukegan, IL

#11 Jul 20, 2008
Atleast he died from his own mistake,not Bushs'.
Karen

Fox Lake, IL

#12 Jul 21, 2008
He was NOT a recruit. This is the fault of the press not getting it straight. He had already graduated therefore he was now a SAILOR with times of liberty. He and the other two took it upon themselves to go get drunk and decided to play superman with the train. The two guys with him are being held liable.

They were not near a station - they were walking to it along the tracks - and decided to be stupid and tried to cross in front of the train.

Recruits CANNOT leave the base unless they have graduated. There are A Schools up here which he was attending and or was in temporary holding awaiting orders.

The Navy does it's job telling these kids OVER AND OVER NOT to go into the area on Sheridan as well as Green Bay Road. So - as tradition goes - tell them not to do something and they are determined to do what they've been told not to do. His blood alcohol level was .285 TRIPLE THE LEGAL LIMIT. You tell me - are you gonna look for a train when your blood alcohol level is three times he limit?

"WAUKEGAN, Ill.— The blood-alcohol level of a Navy recruit who was stuck and killed by a Metra commuter train was more than triple the legal limit, according to the Lake County coroner.

Matthew Hicks, 22, of Alabama was crossing railroad tracks in Highwood at about 2 a.m. Saturday, when he was struck by a northbound train.

Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis said Hicks was one of three men who crossed in front of the train in an area that was not a designated crossing. Hicks was the last to cross the tracks and was struck.

Lake County Coroner Richard Keller said Hicks’ blood-alcohol level was 0.285 percent. He added that the victim’s friends told authorities they had been at a nearby Highwood bar and were walking to the train stop to return to Great Lakes Naval Station."

Clear?
David

Saint Louis, MO

#13 Jul 21, 2008
Before you judge this kid, just think back to your life and the number of times you drank and drove or rode with someone who was drunk. 99% of us have dodged death. We take it for granted because we lived to tell it about it. There is no need to judge the dead. He's paid a deep price and so has his family, who MAY read your comments.
Whatever

Waukegan, IL

#14 Jul 22, 2008
Karen wrote:
He was NOT a recruit. This is the fault of the press not getting it straight. He had already graduated therefore he was now a SAILOR with times of liberty. He and the other two took it upon themselves to go get drunk and decided to play superman with the train. The two guys with him are being held liable.
They were not near a station - they were walking to it along the tracks - and decided to be stupid and tried to cross in front of the train.
Recruits CANNOT leave the base unless they have graduated. There are A Schools up here which he was attending and or was in temporary holding awaiting orders.
The Navy does it's job telling these kids OVER AND OVER NOT to go into the area on Sheridan as well as Green Bay Road. So - as tradition goes - tell them not to do something and they are determined to do what they've been told not to do. His blood alcohol level was .285 TRIPLE THE LEGAL LIMIT. You tell me - are you gonna look for a train when your blood alcohol level is three times he limit?
"WAUKEGAN, Ill.— The blood-alcohol level of a Navy recruit who was stuck and killed by a Metra commuter train was more than triple the legal limit, according to the Lake County coroner.
Matthew Hicks, 22, of Alabama was crossing railroad tracks in Highwood at about 2 a.m. Saturday, when he was struck by a northbound train.
Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis said Hicks was one of three men who crossed in front of the train in an area that was not a designated crossing. Hicks was the last to cross the tracks and was struck.
Lake County Coroner Richard Keller said Hicks’ blood-alcohol level was 0.285 percent. He added that the victim’s friends told authorities they had been at a nearby Highwood bar and were walking to the train stop to return to Great Lakes Naval Station."
Clear?
Thanks,know it-all busy body,the important thing here is that a human being has died-not whether or not-you know everything,doesnt matter how he died or where he was,the fact is a human life is gone dumbass!CLEAR?
Susan

Helena, AL

#15 Dec 9, 2012
This was my son! A stupid mistake took his life. How would you feel if it was your own son or daughter? I love him and miss him every day of my life!
Ranson

San Ramon, CA

#16 Mar 24, 2013
Susan wrote:
This was my son! A stupid mistake took his life. How would you feel if it was your own son or daughter? I love him and miss him every day of my life!
Hey Susan,

Your son was a great man. I went trhough boot with him. He was one of those guys who everyone liked because he was such a good guy. He should have never been on hold.
Godblessamerica

Oklahoma City, OK

#17 Sep 1, 2015
Susan wrote:
This was my son! A stupid mistake took his life. How would you feel if it was your own son or daughter? I love him and miss him every day of my life!
So sorry for your loss. Your son is remembered everyday by many.

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