Mountain View Voice

News - June 20, 2014

Crime Briefs

Fatality on Caltrain tracks

An adult male pedestrian was struck and killed by a Caltrain in Mountain View Wednesday morning, Caltrain officials said.

Witnesses said they saw the man behind a power box along the train tracks at the corner of Rengstorff Avenue and Central Expressway and that he jumped in front of the oncoming train, according to Jayme Ackermann, a spokesman for Caltrain.

The fatality was reported to Caltrain at approximately 10:15 a.m., prompting a train service shutdown in both directions near Rengstorff Avenue.

All 103 passengers remained inside the train until the coroner arrived at the scene around 11:42 a.m. and recovered the body. Ackermann said in some fatality cases they are able to offload passengers at a nearby station sooner, but for safety reasons the passengers remained on board.

None of the passengers nor the crew reported any injuries.

Ackermann said this is the fourth Caltrain fatality this year. She said it's an unfortunate circumstance that occurs as long as there is public access to the train tracks. There were 13 fatalities in 2013 and 12 in 2012, according to spokeswoman Christine Dunn.

During the investigation and police blockade, police said there were at least two traffic collisions that occurred along Central Expressway. Police officers who were at the accident scene quickly responded to the collisions.

Police officer threatened

Police arrested a Mountain View man Sunday after he allegedly drove past a barricade and into pedestrians following a concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre.

At around 10:23 p.m., 57-year-old Peter Obrien was stopped by police officers when he drove into the path of pedestrians after a Lady Antebellum concert. The man was suspected of driving under the influence, according to Sgt. Saul Jaeger of the Mountain View Police Department.

Upon being arrested, Obrien threatened to kill assisting officers when he was released from jail. He was booked into San Jose Main Jail on charges of threatening a police officer and driving under the influence.

—Kevin Forestieri and Bay City News Service

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