Man in Caltrain accident ID'd

Man in Caltrain accident ID'd

There are 1 comment on the Palo Alto Daily News story from Aug 31, 2007, titled Man in Caltrain accident ID'd. In it, Palo Alto Daily News reports that:

A man who was otherwise unrecognizable after being struck and killed by a Caltrain eight weeks ago in Palo Alto has been identified thanks to a Santa Clara County sheriff's sketch artist.
A man who was otherwise unrecognizable after being struck and killed by a Caltrain eight weeks ago in Palo Alto has been identified thanks to a Santa Clara County sheriff's sketch artist. <br/> <br/>The county's medical examiner was unable to find a fingerprint match for the man who died of blunt impact injuries to the head, torso and extremities on July 5 after being hit at about 6:15 p.m. by a southbound Caltrain near the Alma Street grade crossing. <br/> <br/>Deputy Janel Karrle was contacted and, after seeing the man's body, began drawing. She said the man's bone structure was sufficiently intact, despite some distortion caused by the impact, so she was able to reconstruct his face using pencil and paper. <br/> <br/>"I did it in bits and pieces" over about four hours, she said. Given the injuries the man endured, the key was "finding the real person underneath." <br/> <br/>Karrle's sketch ended up matching a flier filed by the Palo Alto Police Department detailing the disappearance of a man named Jack Keown, an unemployed Palo Altan. <br/> <br/>Palo Alto police took a missing person report on July 24 from a La Honda woman, who had not heard from her son, Jack Keown, in several weeks, police spokeswoman Sgt. Sanda Brown said. <br/> <br/>Authorities are confident that they have the right man because detectives found a car key on the man's body that fit the door of a vehicle belonging to Keown. A DNA test is now in the works. <br/> <br/>Keown spent a good portion of his life overseas in the military and that made it difficult to find a fingerprint match in several law enforcement databases, said Patra Albrecht, an investigator with the medical examiner's office. <br/> <br/>"Seldom do we have to go through all that for an identification," Albrecht said. "Very seldom do we use sketches." <br/> <br/>Keown's death has not officially been ruled a suicide, the medical examiner's office reported. <br/> <br/>The medical examiner's office is still investigating four unsolved identification cases: three "John Does" and one "Jane Doe." The oldest case dates back to June 1993, according to the office's Web site. <br/> <br/> <br/>Bay City News contributed to this report. <br/> <br/> <br/>E-mail Melanie Carroll at <br/>

Pasadena, CA

#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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