Pedestrian LRT Fatality today (Old thread bumped for update)
As a result of the inquiries of the first responding officers
and the information from numerous witnesses on the platform,
we now know that the disturbance led to the death of a 17
year old male. There were between 100-150 commuters on the
platform about to start their journey home.
The exact details of the disturbance and the events that led
to this death are becoming clearer; however there is much
information still to evaluate. The preliminary analysis is
the disturbance resulted in the male being pushed from the
platform against an approaching LRT train. This male fell
against the side of the first carriage before falling into
the gap between it and the next carriage.
Makes me feel really bad for the family. Any death is tragic. Any young death is even more so. A young death in such a graphic manner is unimaginable. Perhaps there is some solace in the notion that, despite the end result, the pain and suffering was probably minimal and mercifully brief. Still.....so glad for health and family.
I work right on that corner in the Dominion Centre. This has happened before here, among numerous other attempted murders. It usually relates to drugs and gang activity, but I suppose the details of this death have yet to come out of the woodwork.
For any of you who know which corner this is, it's probably one of the most sketchiest to walk around during the day, and one of the most dangerous to be in at night on the west side of Calgary.
This happened at the station I use to go home, and I got there just past 5 and it was quite the scene. I had no idea what was going on. There was lots of police cars, a fire truck, ambulances, and people standing around. Their was definitely a weird feeling in the air. The train was about 2/3 at the platform, and the middle portion of the platform was taped off. The police were interviewing people and some were crying. I figured someone got hit by a train and most likely died. Everything pointed to that. Then later when I was walking into Kensington to catch a ride with someone to get home, people were talking and someone said they saw a covered off area and someone else said they could see someones pants. Sad to hear the person was only 17.
"It was a fight, for a lack of a better word," Duty Insp. Keith Pollock said. "I don't think any punches were thrown -- it was more of a pushing match."
Police officers walking the beat nearby saw the aftermath of the melee and supplied dispatchers with the description of two women running away from the scene.
woman who called 911 said Gage appeared to be with his girlfriend and some other friends when the fight started on the crowded platform.
"They saw it happen," said Megan, who didn't want to give her last name. "Everybody started running and screaming, 'I need a phone, I need a phone.' We were trying to calm them down, but what can you do? What can you say?"
What surprised me was how long it took to find out what happened.
If it is indeed a murder (the victim was purposefully pushed into the train), then I imagine all sorts of crimescene evidence needs to be collected and accounted for so that the person responsible can be prosecuted properly.