Former Del Mar Mayor Lou Terrell identified as man struck by train

By City News Service

The man who was struck and killed by a train while chasing his dog across a coastal bluff near Powerhouse Park was identified Jan. 4 as former Del Mar Mayor Lou Terrell, a county supervisor said.

The northbound Amtrak locomotive hit Terrell off the 100 block of 11th Street in Del Mar shortly before 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, according to sheriff’s officials.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Anthony O’Boyle said that based on witness statements and the preliminary investigation, the 75-year-old had apparently been walking his dog off-leash on the bluff on the west side of the tracks. The train’s engineer blasted his horn as he spotted them, which startled the animal, the sergeant said.

The dog then headed toward the tracks, and Terrell attempted to prevent his pet from being struck, and in turn was struck himself, according to O’Boyle. He died at the scene.

The dog was unhurt, according to broadcast reports.

A celebration of life for Terrell is planned for 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, at the Powerhouse Community Center, at 1658 Coast Blvd. in Del Mar, according to county Supervisor Dave Roberts.