University of Michigan Law student killed by train

Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 6:48pm

A pedestrian was struck and killed in a train crash Tuesday morning at approximately 11:41 a.m. Police confirmed on Friday the pedestrian was a 32-year-old University of Michigan Law student from Chicago. The man’s name is not being released at this time as police attempt to notify his family. 

The crash occurred near the intersection of Dexter-Chelsea Road and North Lima Center Road on the Amtrak route between Pontiac and Chicago.

The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s office released images of the victim’s clothing to request help from the community to identify him. The posting included photos of black Nike shoes, an “M | Law” T-shirt and dark gray gloves, as well as a description of the man’s height, weight and appearance. 

Derrick Jackson, spokesman for the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s office, said a witness to the crash told police the pedestrian may have run in front of the train on purpose. 

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