Man killed when struck by Coaster identified
A 42-year-old man who was walking a dog died Tuesday night after being hit by a Coaster train in Del Mar.
Thomas Patrick McGrann, identified as a Washington state resident, was hit about 7:30 p.m. near the Del Mar train station, Lt. Mike Munsey of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday night.
The county medical examiner’s office reported that McGrann was pet sitting for the owner of a Labrador retriever. The report indicated that while walking the dog, he walked into the path of an oncoming Coaster in the 1600 block of Coast Boulevard. The dog was not hurt.
The Union-Tribune reported that sheriff’s Sgt. Chuck Yancey said the northbound Coaster did not hit McGrann directly, but came around a curve, clipping him. He told the newspaper that the train was traveling roughly 50 mph, and the conductor did not have time to react.
Though nearby train warning bells were ringing and the engineer sounded his horn, McGrann continued leisurely traversing the tracks, Yancey told City News Service. He and the black Labrador retriever he was walking got to the other side of the rails, but an overhanging edge of the Coaster hit the pedestrian, Yancey said.
The conductor told passengers it did not appear that the man was paying attention while crossing the tracks near the former Del Mar station, according to the newspaper. The aggressive resuscitation efforts by responding emergency personnel were unsuccessful. An investigation into the incident will ensue, officers said.
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