Deerfield-News.com-Deerfield Beach, Fl-The city of Deerfield Beach is mourning the loss of two DBHS students to suicide by train.

Deerfield Beach High School students Bryce Gowdy and Alexis Marion’s deaths by suicide by train have raised local awareness of teen suicides

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS HELP, CALL THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE 1-800-373-TALK(8255)

 

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Deerfield-News.com has obtained the first public records of our recent requests about train incidents/accidents in the tricounty area from BSO.

.In our public records request from BSO about train accidents we have received the following statistics and information. As all South Floridians know the last several years have brought a rash of train-related accidents and deaths,  Most of which are suicides by train. The others appear to mainly be drivers trying to beat the gates and driving around or under the train gates.  The NTSB is still investigating other incidents involving recent train accidents.

THESE NUMBERS ARE FOR BROWARD COUNTY ONLY. OUR COUNT FOR DEATH BY TRAINS IN THE LAST 4 YEARS IN THE TRI-COUNTY AREA IS FORTY THREE.

 

2017
Fatal Investigations:
90-1703-003576 03/24/17 Stringfield, Charles Tri-Rail Vehicle vs Train 1500 W Oakland Park Blvd (D-12)
90-1705-001832 05/12/17 Elysee, Estafaite Amtrak Pedestrian vs Train 1900 Griffin Rd (D-2)
90-1710-005898 10/15/17 Richards, William Tri-Rail Vehicle vs Train 1400 W Atlantic Blvd (D-10)
 
Critical Injury Investigations:
None Applicable
 
 
2018
Fatal Investigations:
11-1806-007240 06/26/18 Chase, William (Ped) Tri-Rail Pedestrian vs Train 1200 MLK Blvd (D-11)
 
Critical Injury Investigations:
11-1810-004576 10/16/18 Li, Bao Wu Brightline Trains LLC Veh vs Train NE 33rd St @ N Dixie Hwy (D-11)
 
 
2019
Fatal Investigations:
12-1901-002497 01/23/19 McDonald, Carter (Bicycle) Brightline Trains LLC Bicycle vs Train 1100 NE 38th St (D-12)
10-1908-001367 08/10/19 Davis, Patricia (Bicycle) Brightline Trains LLC Bicycle vs Train NE 48th St / Dixie Hwy (D-10)
11-1908-005318 08/20/19 Ballard, Robert (Bicycle) Brightline Trains LLC Bicycle vs Train NE 33rd St / Dixie Hwy (D-11)
11-1908-006866 08/25/19 Isma, Wisly Brightline Trains LLC Vehicle vs Train (Suicide) NE 33rd St / Dixie Hwy (D-11)
12-1909-001188 09/12/19 Romero, Clivet Brightline Trains LLC Vehicle vs Train NE 34th Ct / Dixie Hwy (D-12)
 
 
Critical Injury Investigations:
11-1903-007215 03/24/19 Joynt, William Tri-Rail (Train) Vehicle vs Train 1500 SW 3rd St (D-11)
 

 

YEAR CASE NUMBER INCIDENT DATE DET. VICTIM INCIDENT LOCATION CAUSE MANNER NARRATIVE
2017
1 02-1702-001700 02/17/17 Scott Anthony Birnberg 200 N Federal Hwy Dania Suicide Railroad FEC V walked onto the track, covered his head with a t-shirt and turned his back to the moving locomotive
2 11-1703-008074 03/29/17 Curtis Christopher Henning 3800 BlockN. Dixie Hwy Pomp Bch Suicide Railroad FEC V laid across the train and was severed in half. V had cocaine addiction and had tried to kill himself twice in the past
2 10-1711-000030 11/01/17 Dyer Jennifer Reed 4500 N Dixie Hwy Deerfield Bch Accidental Railroad BRIGHTLINE V was pronounced deceased and appeared to be sleeping inside the railroad tracks
4 12-1712-000790 12/07/17 Curtis Robert Gray TriRail RR Powerline/Prospect OP Suicide Railroad CXS- V stated on Facebook he was going to lay on the tracks due to previous domestic incident
2018
1 11-1801-000055 01/01/18 Nitsch Lidiya Dyachuk 317 N Dixie Hwy, Pompano Suicide Railroad FEC V was struck by train after laying on the tracks
2 19-1810-000084 10/05/18 Reynolds Harvey Kertzner 3100 SW 31sr Av Pembroke Park Suicide Railroad TRI-RAIL V was struck by Tri-Rail after positioning himself in front of the train. V was transported of the to MEO. V’s identification is unidentified
3 02-1811-002467 11/25/18 Reynolds Rafael Castillo 2000 Tigertail Blvd Dania Bch Suicide Railroad TRI-RAIL V was struck by the train at listed location. V was reported to have positioned himself on the train track in front of train traveling approximately 55 mph.
4 11-1812-003981 12/13/18 Reynolds David Ulmer 100 S Dixie Hwy, Pompano Bch Suicide Railroad BRIGHTLINE V was struck by Brightline Train. V was observed in the middle of the track walking in the same direction in which the train was heading. V had a history of suicidal ideations
2019
1 11-1904-003808 04/12/19 Foster Donald Krinkie 1800 S Dixie Hwy, Pompano Bch Accidental Railroad TRI-RAIL V was walking across tracks with bicycle in hand when he was struck by southbound Brightline train traveling at approximately 75 mph
2 90-1905-004994 05/14/19 Nitsch Jeremy Palmer 1900 N Dixie Hwy, Wilton Manors Suicide Railroad FEC V was observed lying on the east side of the tracks with his head resting on the east train rail
3 11-1906-002884 06/10/19 Hayes Kevin Puryear 1600 NE 5th Ave Pompano Bch Suicide Brightline V stood on railroad track with his arms lifted and walked in front of the train
4 10-1906-004266 06/27/19 Reynolds Christine Donnelly 3401 NW 3rd Av #214 Pompano Bch Suicide Amtrak V positioned herself in front of the train prior to being struck
5 10-1907-003787 07/25/19 Nitsch Brandon Brown Homeless Accidental Brightline V was seen lying on the west side of the train tracks with his neck on the train tracks
6 11-1908-008261 08/29/19 Nitsch Gregory Williams 400 N Flagler Av Pompano Bch Undetermined Brightline V was struck by Brightline Train. V was located lying prone to the east of train tracks
2016
Fatal Investigations
11-1606-005274 06/20/2016 Hyppolite, Marie Train (FEC) vs Ped vs Veh 400 E Copans Rd (D-11)
 
Critical Injury Investigations
02-1609-000951 09/09/2016 Bastos, Efray Ped vs Train (FEC) 400 W Dania Beach Blvd (D-2)
 
2015
Fatal Investigations
No THI investigations listed
 
Critical Injury Investigations
02-1512-002099 12/21/2015 Beekerman, Mark Ped vs Train (Tri-Rail) 500 Gulf Stream Way (D-2)

OUR THANKS TO-

Sergeant Don Prichard
Broward Sheriff’s Office
Public Information Unit

FOR HELPING US WITH THE STATISTICS,

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