Man in Caltrain accident ID'd
#1 Sep 30, 2007
I am sorry to about Mr. Keown's death. But I resent the man, because his death resulted in the death of my son. When Mr. Keown was hit by the southbound Caltrain, he caused the northbound train to be halted at the Sunnyvale stop. An annoucement was made that the northbound train would be held up 45 minutes. My son decided to get off the train and go get food for himself and his girlfriend. After 20 minutes (according to a detective) or 30 minutes (according to a news report), the announcement came that the train would be proceeding. My son's girlfriend called him on his cell phone to run back, because the train was leaving earlier than announced. He left the Chinese food he was purchasing and ran to try to catch the train. As he approached, the train started to move. My understanding at this point is that my son tried to knock on the cab window to reach an engineer, that he climbed up on the train to do so, that he realized it wasn't safe and he fell to his death on the platform. Because he was 6'8" the blow to his head caused massive brain damage. Thanks to the good work of those witnessing, and the efforts of the paramedics, my son was quickly brought to Stanford Medical Center, where he was given wonderful care. He was pronounced death on July 6th, and although his life was not spared, his transplanted organs saved the lives of 4 men.
I am sorry for Mr. Keown (and his loved ones); but he has brought about the death of a wonderful 22 year old young man and has caused immeasurable grief for those who knew and loved him.
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