PALMDALE – The 22-year-old bicyclist struck and killed by a Metrolink train Saturday night has been identified as Manuel Correa, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
The incident was reported around 7 p.m., Saturday (10/19) at the Palmdale Boulevard crossing, near Sierra Highway, authorities said.
Witnesses at the scene said Correa was riding with a group of friends, when he pedaled around the crossing gates and was struck by a northbound train.
“What we had here is a Metrolink train headed to the Lancaster station, and we had a young man that tried to beat the train on his bicycle and couldn’t quite make it,” said Detective Ron Duval of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.
The No. 269 train was carrying more than 250 passengers and was on its way to Lancaster, Metrolink officials said. No one aboard the train was injured.
The collision remains under investigation, and no further details on the incident was available.
UPDATED 10/21/13: Loved ones have created an online fundraiser to help cover funeral costs for Manuel Correa, whom they said was a father, son and brother.
“He was everything to all of us and his family is in dire needs to give him the services he deserves…” a message on the page states.
To view the memorial page or to make a donation, visit http://www.gofundme.com/4w7mco.