By Adrienne Fawcett
A 15-year-old Lake Forest High School student was struck and killed by a southbound Metra train on the Union Pacific railroad tracks Monday, Jan. 9, at 6:56 a.m. near Western Avenue and Ryan Place in Lake Forest. His name was Farid Hussain and he was a sophomore.
Lake Forest Police Deputy Chief Glenn Burmeister said witnesses saw the young man drop a backpack before running in front of the train when the warning devices were operating. The witnesses were driving eastbound and were stopped at the crossing because the gates were down, he said. They are LFHS students.
The student, a resident of Lake Forest, did not have an ID on him. He was later identified by the school principal, said Deputy Chief Burmeister.
The boy was thrown some 75 feet. He did not die on impact, and was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where he was pronounced dead, said Chip Pew, who runs the railroad advocacy and education group Operation Lifesaver for the Illinois Commerce Commission.
Police and the Lake County Coroner notified the boy’s parents.Â About mid-day, LFHS sent an email to parents of students enrolled at the school. Here is the text of the email:
It is with great sorrow that I share the news that one of our students, Farid Hussain (Class of 2014), was hit by a Metra Train early this morning and has died.
Social workers and counselors met with students in some of Farid’s classes today to provide support. Additionally, throughout the week we will have social workers and counselors on call if your child needs to talk to someone about this sad event. Â Â Please inform your child they are welcome anytime in the social workers office conference room (160J) on the first floor.
Thank you for your continued support of all our students and each other. This is especially important during times of need. We send our deepest sympathies to the Hussain family as the LFHS school community mourns this loss.
For further support information please read National Association of School Psychologists “Death and Grief: Supporting Children and Youth”
At 1:25 p.m., the LFPD issued the following press release:
Pedestrian hit by a Train — Case Number 12-298
At approximately 6:56 a.m., on January 9, 2012, The Lake Forest Police Department received a 911 call from the intersection of Western Avenue and Ryan Place.Â A motorist and other witnesses reported a pedestrian walked on the tracks in front of a Southbound Metra train on the Union Pacific Railroad Tracks.Â Lake Forest Fire Department Paramedics responded and transported the victim in very serious condition to Condell Hospital in Libertyville Illinois where he was pronounced dead.
The victim was later identified as a juvenile, male, age 15, from Lake Forest. Lake Forest Police assisted the Lake County Coroner in making notification to the family.
Railroad service was delayed for approximately 79 minutes during the investigation and was restored at approximately 8:15a.m.