Released on November 20, 2013 - 3:36pm
Nov 20

Chief Richard McLaughlin would like to update the public on information regarding the pedestrian struck by a train.  Chief McLaughlin reports that shortly after 7:30pm on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, the Laurel Police Department was notified of a body in the 800 block of Lafayette Avenue, in Laurel. 

Two teenagers observed the body of a male along the CSX/MARC train tracks and indicated to police that the victim may have been recently struck by a train that had passed through the area.  Patrol Officers from the Laurel Police Department and Fire/EMS units from the Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad arrived on the scene and encountered a victim with significant injuries consistent to having been struck by a train.  He was pronounced dead on the scene.

The victim is identified as Dontay Lamont Owensby, age 19, of the 8700 block of Dulwick Court, in Laurel. As part of the investigation, it was learned that earlier in the evening a person matching the description of the victim had been seen in the immediate area.  The incident occurred north of Bowie Rd and south of the Laurel MARC Commuter Train Station on Main Street.  In addition, Maryland Transportation Authority (MTA) officials report that a MARC commuter train operator had in fact observed a person, also matching the description of the victim, in this area “running along the tracks” and filed a ‘suspicious person’ report.  During the course of the investigation, rail traffic in the Laurel area was closed in both directions until about 10:30pm.

The Laurel Police Investigation revealed the victim had been struck and killed by an unknown train headed in a northerly direction.  Laurel Police Patrol Officers, Laurel Police Detectives, members of CSX Police, Maryland Transportation Authority (MTA) Police and an evidence technician responded to the scene.  The medical examiner also responded and took custody of the body.  The next-of-kin have been notified and the investigation is continuing.



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