This is not the news we wanted to end the holiday weekend with.
According to the Orange County Register, a man in his 40s was struck and killed by a train in Anaheim Monday afternoon.
The victim, who has not been publicly identified, rode up to the railroad crossing on Sycamore Street just west of Vine Street around 2:40 pm after the crossing arms had been lowered. For some reason, he went around the barricades, and was struck by a southbound train.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
This is a tragic reminder to never, ever go around crossing barriers on a railroad track, even if there doesn’t appear to be a train coming, or cross unprotected tracks after the light turns red.
This is the 41st bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the eighth in Orange County.
Update: The victim has been identified as 42-year old Jorge Leyva of Anaheim.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Jorge Leyva and his loved ones.
Thanks to Mike Wilkinson and Bill Sellin for the heads-up.