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Date: 12/05/18 00:47
Update: Investigation into SMART vs. pedestrian fatality
Author: GenePoon

Community: Toxicology UPDATE to Pedestrian Struck by SMART Train

12/4/18 - The Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety along with SMART, received toxicology results from the victim, Joseph DeFrates.  The results indicated DeFrates had Methamphetamine, Amphetamines as well as Cannabis in his system at the time he walked into the path of the northbound train.  It is the opinion of the investigators the level of intoxication in addition to listening to music with headphones is what lead to DeFrates being distracted and not acknowledging the train.

The Department sends their condolences to the DeFrates family.
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ROHNERT PARK – The Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety has completed the investigation regarding this incident.  In cooperation with SMART as well as the Sonoma County Coroner’s Office, the investigation revealed the death of Joseph DeFrates was accidental.

After closely examining video from the train as well as speaking to family and more witnesses, it appears Joseph DeFrates was walking east on Golf Course Drive in the area of the train crossing.  The SMART train was traveling approximately 66 MPH, northbound on the tracks.  The train engineer saw DeFrates approaching the grade crossing and began sounding the train horn.  According to the Engineers account, DeFrates was looking down and did not make any movement to indicate he recognized his proximity to the tracks.  When the Engineer realized DeFrates was not going to stop, he applied the emergency brake of the train.  Unfortunately, based on where DeFrates was located, he was struck by the left front corner of the train.

Evidence discovered during the investigation suggests DeFrates did not recognize the train as a hazard until he was in the path of the train.

The Department of Public Safety sends condolences to Joseph's family and friends.  We also send our regards to the engineer who was faced with an unavoidable circumstance.

Please remember, "Phone Down, Head Up"!

Contact Information:
Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety
Commander Aaron Johnson
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/05/18 11:30 by GenePoon.



Date: 12/05/18 05:45
Re: Update: Investigation into SMART vs. pedestrian fatality
Author: Coalca

Sounds about right. 



Date: 12/05/18 06:46
Re: Update: Investigation into SMART vs. pedestrian fatality
Author: trainjunkie

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.



Date: 12/05/18 06:52
Re: Update: Investigation into SMART vs. pedestrian fatality
Author: steamloco

I don’t think distracted is the right word. The problem was they weren’t distracted from being spaced out but I don’t think they can make a horn loud enough to fix that problem.



Date: 12/05/18 23:53
Re: Update: Investigation into SMART vs. pedestrian fatality
Author: GenePoon

"..this is your brain on drugs..."




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